As President Theodore Roosevelt said “We have but one flag: we must also learn one language, and that language is English”.
Can you believe that it is 2017 and the United States of America still has no official language?
Fortunately, Senator James Inhofe has introduced S. 678 to designate English to be the official language of The United States! Senators Tom Cotton, John Boozman, Johnny Isakson, and David Perdue were quick to cosponsor S. 678.
Passage of this bill is important for all Americans, as untold millions will be saved in translation costs, safety issues will be promoted, and it will also encourage recent arrivals to assimilate into American culture in the spirit of E Pluribus Unum (from many, one).
In 2009, Senator Inhofe said, “This diversity is part of what makes our nation great. However we must be able to communicate with one another so that we can appreciate our differences”.
S. 678 would make English the national language of the United States, and provide exceptions where the use of another language is authorized or provided by law. Such exceptions currently include: natural disaster, emergency evacuation and a defendant’s right to an interpreter in U.S. Courts.
A similar bill, in the House of Representatives, H.R. 997, The English Language Unity Act of 2017 is gaining new cosponsors weekly, with four more representatives in Congress cosponsoring the official English bill this past week! That brings the total number of co-sponsors to 46, and 47 total with the bill’s original sponsor Rep. Steve King.