SOURCE: U.S.English


February 08, 2012 15:52 ET

One Fourth of House of Representatives Co-Sponsor Bill to Make English the Nation's Official Language

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Feb 8, 2012) - The English Language Unity Act now has the backing of one quarter of the House of Representatives, boasting the support of 108 cosponsors, in addition to bill sponsor Rep. Steve King (R-IA) [see: "No force more powerful than English" by Steve King].

"With 109 of the 435 members of the House standing behind this legislation, one message is clear: the American people support making English the official language of the United States government, and Members are consequently calling for action," U.S.English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica said. "As momentum builds, the House Judiciary Committee should answer this call by scheduling a hearing to debate this important bill. I urge Congress to take quick action to ensure the passage of the English Language Unity Act and to ensure the continued unity of our great nation."

H.R. 997 would make English the official language of the United States and require all official functions of the United States be conducted in English. It would not impact languages spoken in private conversations or private businesses. The bill currently awaits a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Constitution, where movement toward a debate continues [see "House GOP closer to vote on making English the official language" by Molly K. Hooper].

U.S.English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S.English, Inc. ( now has more than 1.8 million members.

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