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December 10, 2009
English Language Unity Act Adds Two New Supporters

Rep. Tim Murphy and Rep. Rob Bishop became the newest co-sponsors of H.R. 997 yesterday, lifting the number of supporters of legislation to make English the official language of the United States to 130. With the inclusion of lead sponsor Rep. Steve King, more than 30 percent of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed on to the bill.

November 2, 2009
U.S. English Begins Countdown to Oklahoma Vote

With exactly one year to go until Election Day 2010, U.S. English is beginning the countdown until Oklahomans get the opportunity to make English the official language of the state. On Nov. 2, 2010, more than 2.1 million registered voters in Oklahoma will get the long-awaited chance to approve an official English measure that would make the Sooner State the 31st to adopt English as the official language of the state.

October 22, 2009
House Legislation Could Impose Multilingual Mandates on Private Businesses

In a House Financial Services Committee meeting this morning, Rep. Christopher Lee and a number of colleagues will attempt to block efforts permitting government imposed multilingualism on the private sector. Rep. Lee’s amendment to H.R. 3126, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act, would strike a clause requiring private businesses to provide consumer information in languages other than English. The amendment is expected to be voted on later today.

September 15, 2009
New Jersey Poll Indicates Strong Support for Official English Legislation

78 percent of New Jersey residents support making English the official language of the state, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling. The survey of 500 likely voters in the Garden State found majority support for official English legislation among Democrats, Republicans and Independents, all by better than 2-to-1 margins.

September 1, 2009
Virginians Support English-in-the-Workplace Policies by Significant Margin
A new poll finds that Virginia likely voters support the right of employers to require employees to speak English while on the job by greater than a 4-to-1 margin, with 73 percent favoring such a policy and only 16 percent opposing the proposal. The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found majority support for English-in-the-workplace policies among Democrats, Republicans and Independents and within each region of the state. The poll of 596 likely voters in Virginia was conducted Aug. 28-31, 2009 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points.

August 10, 2009
U.S. English Member Voices Heard in Congress

U.S. English delivered member petitions in support of official English legislation to several members of Congress today, continuing the nationwide push to make English the official language of the United States. The petitions, which ask U.S. Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 997 [The English Language Unity Act] were given to the offices of Rep. John Mica (FL), Rep. Steve Buyer (IN), Rep. Paul Kanjorski (PA) and Rep. Mike Pence (IN). Each petition was signed one or more members of the representative’s district.

August 7, 2009
Missouri Attorney General Uses $26,000 for Spanish-Only Website, Phone Line

Despite a severe state budget deficit and a recent call by Missourians to promote English within government, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster spent more than $26,000 for a Spanish version of his agency’s website and a Spanish speaking employee to handle phone calls. The move comes less than one year after the citizens of Missouri approved an initiative to require all state government meetings to be in English with 86 percent of the vote, including majority approval in every county.

July 28, 2009
Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Questions U.S. Attorney General on Official English-Related Threats

The seven members of Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today, questioning the timing and purpose of a letter that threatened to withhold federal funds if Oklahoma passed legislation to make English the official language of the state. The original letter, sent from the Department of Justice to Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson, cautions that the pending Oklahoma law might conflict with federal requirements and might result in state agencies losing federal funding.

July 22, 2009
Official English Amendment to be Introduced to Puerto Rico Bill

Rep. Paul Broun took steps today to resolve lingering language issues related to  Puerto Rican statehood, introducing an amendment that would make English the official language of the island. The amendment, offered during committee consideration of H.R. 2499, would require that English become Puerto Rico’s sole official language should the people choose to make it the 51st state.

July 6, 2009
Nearly Two-in-Three Americans Oppose Making Spanish an Official Language

A new poll released by Angus Reid Strategies finds that Americans generally oppose the possibility of Spanish becoming an official language in the United States. The survey of 1,011 American adults found 64 percent against official Spanish, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Only 28 percent of those surveyed favored the idea.

June 19, 2009
Arizona Senate Committee Approves Measure to Free Business Owners of Translation Burden

The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation Friday that protects the rights of private businesses by declaring that they are not required to provide interpretation services in languages other than English. As amended, S.B. 1199 frees business owners from the threat of lawsuits because the business failed to provide “trained and competent bilingual” assistance for non-English speaking customers.

June 4, 2009
Wisconsin Budget Bill Could Eliminate Successful English Learning Program

Legislators in Wisconsin have approved a state budget bill that would require private schools with more than 10 percent limited-English proficient students to teach students in a bilingual-bicultural fashion, despite the fact that some schools have successful English-immersion programs in place.

June 2, 2009
U.S. English Study Highlights Multilingualism in Driver

New research by U.S. English finds that 15 states have changed the number of languages in which they offer driver’s license exams between 2007 and 2009. In a sign that popular sentiment, safety concerns and budgetary requirements may be taking priority, eight states reduced the number of languages in which the test was offered, while seven increased their language offerings.

May 6, 2009
Oklahoma Voters to Get Decision on Official English

The Oklahoma House of Representatives voted 89-8 today on a measure that provides for a public referendum on whether to make English the official language of the state. The initiative, H.J.R. 1042, passed the Senate 44-2 last month and will now appear on the general election ballot in November 2010.

May 6, 2009
Sen. Inhofe Leads National Language Effort in Senate

Sen. James Inhofe introduced the first official English bill in this session of the Senate today, adding to the nationwide push to unite all Americans under the common language of English. Joining Sen. Inhofe in the introduction of the National Language Act of 2009  were Senators Alexander, Isakson, Chambliss, Burr, Shelby, Vitter, Bunning, Coburn, Wicker, DeMint, Enzi, Thune, Corker and Cochran.

April 23, 2009
Oklahoma Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Official English Bill

The Oklahoma Senate voted 44-2 last night to approve H.J.R. 1042, legislation that would make English the official language of Oklahoma. If passed by the House of Representatives, which has already approved similar legislation this session, the measure would be placed on the statewide ballot in November 2010.

March 31, 2009
Georgia House Votes to Limit Driver

The Georgia House of Representatives approved legislation yesterday that would require almost all prospective motorists in the state to take their driver’s license exam in English. The bill, which passed the Senate earlier this month, was agreed to in the House by a strong margin of 104-58. If small differences between the House- and Senate-passed bills are ironed out, the measure will go to Gov. Sonny Purdue for his signature.

March 31, 2009
One-Quarter of U.S. House Now Co-Sponsors of English Language Unity Act

With the addition of three new co-sponsors last week, H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, now has the support of more than one-quarter of the 435 member House of Representatives. The bill to make English the official language of the United States has now collected 109 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 35 states since being introduced by Rep. Steve King on Feb. 11, 2009.

March 19, 2009
New Congressional Legislation Protects English-in-the-Workplace Policies

Legislation clarifying the right of employers to maintain English-in-the-Workplace policies was introduced yesterday by Rep. Tom Price. H.R. 1588, declares that policies requiring employees to speak English while conducting business are not considered unlawful business practices. The bill was introduced with 34 original co-sponsors.

March 12, 2009
Oklahoma House Approves Official English Legislation

The Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill last night that would give Oklahoma voters the chance to make English the official language of the state. By the substantial margin of 66-32, the House passed H.J.R. 1042, marking the second consecutive year that the House has passed this measure. If passed by the Senate, the measure would be placed on the November general election ballot.

March 11, 2009
Georgia Senate Votes to Require Driver

By a margin of 37-14, the Georgia Senate voted on Tuesday to require nearly all candidates for a driver’s license to take their written test in English. The vote on bill S. 67 sends the measure to the House for consideration.

March 10, 2009
Multilingual Services Accounting Legislation Introduced in Congress

New legislation was introduced in Congress today that would require government agencies to account for all expenditures on multilingual services. Introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx, H.R. 1414, the Multilingual Services Accounting Act, would end speculation about the cost of providing services in languages other than English by requiring government agencies to disclose these expenditures in their annual accountability reports. Following introduction, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

March 5, 2009
English Language Unity Act Receives Support From 100th Member of Congress

Less than a month after being introduced in the 111th Congress, H.R. 997, legislation to make English the official language of the United States, picked up its 100th co-sponsor this afternoon. The support of North Carolina Representative Mike McIntyre gave the measure 100 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 35 states and marked the earliest an official English bill has reached the 100 co-sponsor mark this decade.

February 24, 2009
25 Representatives Join As New Co-Sponsors of Official English Bill

Less than two weeks after the measure was introduced, 25 additional legislators have become co-sponsors of H.R. 997, The English Language Unity Act, bringing the total number of supporters to 83. The new co-sponsors include members from both sides of the aisle, different regions of the country, and a mix of long-time and new supporters of official English legislation.

February 11, 2009
English Language Unity Act Introduced in the 111th Congress

A geographically diverse group of lawmakers introduced legislation today to make English the official language of the United States. Sponsored by Rep. Steve King and 58 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, H.R. 997 would reduce government multilingualism and return the focus of government agencies to promoting English acquisition. With numerous polls revealing that more than four-fifths of Americans support the bill, making English the official language is expected to be a hotly debated topic in any Congressional consideration of immigration and assimilation issues.

February 2, 2009
U.S. English, Inc. Criticizes Efforts to Repeal Iowa Official English Law

Official English opponents in Iowa recently commenced a campaign to torpedo the state’s official English law despite the fact that the law enjoys strong support from the majority of Iowans. HF 14, a bill introduced by Rep. Bruce Hunter, would repeal the Iowa English Reaffirmation Act, which made English the official language of the state.

January 23, 2009
Official English Ballot Measure Earns 43 Percent of Vote in Nashville

Following months of inaccurate portrayals of the proposed legislation, Nashville voters narrowly rejected making English the official language of the city in a special election yesterday. The ballot measure to reduce government multilingualism and promote English acquisition fell short by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent.

January 22, 2009
Nashville Residents to Vote on Official English Measure Today

Residents of the city of Nashville and Davidson County will vote today on two proposed amendments, including one that would make English the official language of city and county government. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

January 21, 2009
Nashville English Initiative: Setting the Record Straight

Official English legislation and immigration

Given that more than 90 percent of the world’s nations have an official language, immigrants to the United States are surprised to find out that the United States does not have an official language. In fact, a 2005 Zogby poll found that 81 percent of first- and second-generation Americans support making English the official language of the United States.

January 16, 2009
Nashville English Initiative: Setting the Record Straight

Official English Legislation and Foreign Investment

Opponents of official English legislation often claim that the legislation will discourage foreign investments in the state. Nothing could be further from the truth. Overseas businesses looking to build manufacturing facilities in the United States are lured by economic opportunities, tax incentives and the availability of workers. Given that more than 90 percent of the world’s nations have an official language, foreign business leaders are hardly surprised by official language laws in other countries.

January 15, 2009
Nashville English Initiative: Setting the Record Straight

The Constitutionality of Official English

Recently, several elected officials have voiced their concern that the initiative to make English the official language of Nashville would be declared unconstitutional. While the freedoms allowed to us by the Constitution allow individuals to voice their opinion on any legislative matter, the prevailing legal opinion by actual judges at the local, state and federal level is that official English legislation is constitutionally sound.

January 14, 2009
Nashville English Initiative: Setting the Record Straight

Official English and Emergency Services

Opponents of Nashville’s official English initiative have been vociferous in referring to the measure as “English-only” and claiming that it would bar the provision of emergency services in languages other than English. These are erroneous claims.

January 6, 2009
U.S. English, Inc. Welcomes the 111th Congress to Washington

“On behalf of millions of official English supporters nationwide, I want to welcome the members of the 111th Congress to Washington, D.C. At a time of much uncertainty, the American public has turned to you to set our nation’s agenda and get us moving again.


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