(Marketwire) — U.S.English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica on Thursday testified before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution in support of H.R. 997, a bill that would make English the official language of the United States.
The English Language Unity Act, introduced by Representative Steve King (R-IA) with the support of 122 co-sponsors, would require that official functions of the United States government be conducted in English. Common-sense exemptions in the bill allow for the government use of foreign languages in instances of teaching foreign languages, national security, international relations, trade and tourism, public health and safety, and more.
“The English Language Unity Act will truly unite Americans by ensuring that despite our differences, we are all bound by a common, shared language,” Chairman Mujica said. “This bill will encourage all residents of the United States to learn English so they can better communicate the background and culture that makes them unique. It will place everyone on
a level playing field so no one is at a disadvantage when it comes to achieving the American dream.”
Following the Subcommittee hearing, H.R. 997 now awaits further action on a committee level before it reaches the full House of Representatives for a vote.
“In order to maintain a unified society, we must embrace immigrants, we must celebrate diversity and we must embrace English as our nation’s common language. H.R. 997 is a positive step in this direction,” Mujica added.
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, and has more than 1.8 million members.