Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri has introduced H. R. 1728 in the 116th Congress. The bill is also known by its full name – The Cost of Services and Translations Act – and is even better known by its abbreviated name – The COST Act.
The COST Act is designed to “end speculation on the current cost of multilingual services provided by the Federal Government, and for other purposes.”
The purposes of the COST Act are: (1) to create a new appendix within each agency’s annual performance and accountability report detailing any cost associated with providing multilingual services, such as verbal, written, or other services in languages other than English; (2) to end speculation on the current cost of providing multilingual services; (3) to provide for more transparency in the Federal Government’s accounting practices, and to determine the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures; and (4) to provide for more accountability with the use of taxpayer money.
Rep. Graves is actively seeking additional House co-sponsors of the COST Act.
ProEnglish greatly appreciates that Rep. Graves has introduced the COST Act. It is a very important cost oversight bill, and it likely will show American taxpayers the exorbitant costs that they are paying for multilingual services provided by the Federal Government.
ProEnglish urges Congress to pass the COST Act.