Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia is one of the newest co-sponsors of the English Language Unity Act in the United States House of Representatives in the 116th Congress.
The bill, also known as H.R. 997, had 5 original co-sponsors, and is adding new co-sponsors on a consistent basis.
H.R. 997 designates English as the nation’s official language of governmental operations and establishes a uniform language requirement for the citizen naturalization process.
H.R. 997 had the support of 73 members of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 115th Congress, and ProEnglish seeks even greater support of the bill in the 116th Congress.
The Senate companion bill to H.R. 997, labeled S. 678 in the 116th Congress, was sponsored by Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma. It had 7 supporters in the U.S. Senate in the 115th Congress, and ProEnglish also seeks even greater support of the bill in the 116th Congress.
The passage of official English legislation in H.R. 997 and S. 678 will save Americans billions of dollars in current, government-mandated translation and interpretation costs and will encourage cultural and linguistic assimilation by new arrivals to our nation.
A Rasmussen Reports poll sponsored by ProEnglish showed that 81% of Americans believe that English should be the official language of the United States.