Even with all of the great challenges that have been posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdowns, ProEnglish has gotten off to a rapid start in recent days and weeks as we already have begun to engage the offices of several senators and representatives on Capitol Hill, both those who are new and those who are returning, in an effort to continue to build support for H.R. 997 and S. 678, The English Language Unity Act, in 2021 in the new 117th Congress.
The English Language Unity Act designates English as the nation’s official language of governmental operations and establishes a uniform language requirement for the citizen naturalization process.
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.
ProEnglish already has been engaging several new members of Congress in order to advocate for their sponsorship of the English Language Unity Act.
ProEnglish is working with Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) in order to attempt to include the English Language Unity Act as an amendment in a larger budget or immigration bill.
ProEnglish also is urging senators on Capitol Hill to support the RAISE Act, which will establish a point-based system that will help select skilled immigrants who have the most to offer to this nation, and applicants will earn points in part based on their proficiency in English.
ProEnglish also is urging representatives to support the COST Act, which is a very important cost oversight bill, and which likely will show American taxpayers the exorbitant costs that they are paying for multilingual translation services provided by the Federal Government, including the 2020 United States Census, which includes some Census materials available in 59 non-English languages.
When you support ProEnglish in 2021, you partner alongside us as we ramp up to engage the new 117th Congress, and as we seek to pass H.R. 997, S. 678, the RAISE Act, and the COST Act.
There is much to do on behalf of official English as 2021 begins, and we are very grateful to you for your support!