Building Unity Among AmericansPosted by Randy | June 02, 2011
English is the official language of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Guyana, Jamaica, Kiribati, Liberia, Nigeria, St. Kitts and Nevis, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is not, however, the official language of the United States. In fact, the U.S. is one of less than a dozen countries in the world without an official language.
Requiring the use of English does not mean that our society does not value the preservation of cultural heritage. However, the ability to communicate in one standard language in the workplace, in our schools, and in official settings not only improves our efficiency as we carry out our daily activities, but it more importantly builds unity among citizens and creates a sense of national pride. That is why I have consistently advocated for making English the official language of the United States:
English Language Unity Act
I have cosponsored legislation, H.R. 997, which would establish English as our nation’s official language. This bill requires all official functions of the U.S. to be conducted in English, establishes a uniform language requirement for naturalization, and places an obligation on representatives of the federal government to encourage individuals to learn English.
National Language Act
I have also cosponsored a bill, H.R. 1164, that requires that all official business, including publications, income tax forms, informational materials and public ceremonies where an oath is administered, to be conducted in English. This bill also repeals bilingual voting requirements.
Weigh in: Do you support making English the official language of the U.S.?
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