U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today reintroduced S. 678, the English Language Unity Act of 2019, which establishes English as the official language of the United States. The legislation is cosponsored by Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.).
“I am pleased to reintroduce the English Language Unity Act today and take the first steps in enabling increased communication, assimilation and the success of those legally immigrating to the United States and working to become citizens,” Inhofe said. “Language has the power to unify people of all walks of life; by establishing English as the official language of our nation we will become further united.”
“Our simple, straightforward legislation would establish English as the official language of the United States,” said Rounds. “Currently, English is the official language of 32 states, including South Dakota, but has not been declared as the national official language. Our bill would change that. I cosponsored this legislation during the previous Congress, and am pleased to cosponsor it again in the 116th Congress.”
“ProEnglish salutes Sen. Inhofe for introducing S. 678, the English Language Unity Act of 2019,” said ProEnglish Director of Government Relations Dan Carter. “This common-sense bill will promote unity and assimilation, save billions of dollars a year for the American taxpayer and reinforce the President Theodore Roosevelt quote, ‘We have but one flag; we must also learn one language, and that language is English.’”
The legislation would require the federal government to use the English language when acting with binding, legal authority. All naturalization ceremonies would also be required to be conducted in English. The bill makes common-sense exceptions to permit the federal government’s use of other languages, such as in cases of national security, international relations and trade, tourism, public safety and health and protecting the rights of victims.
Full text of the bill can be found here.