2008-04-10 / News

Rep. Paul Broun to introduce legislation to make English officiallanguage of U.S.

Congressman Paul Broun will introduce legislation this week that declares English to be the officiallanguage of the United States government. Broun's legislation, the "National Language Act of 2008," codifies the principle that no one is entitled to receive federal documents or federal services in languages other than English.

The "National Language Act of 2008" specifically states that no person has a right, entitlement or claim to have the Government of the United States or any of its officials or representatives act, communicate, perform or provide services or materials in any language other than English.

"America's genius as a meltingpot nation has always been promoted by assimilation to a common language," Broun said. "Large scale legal immigration threatens social cohesion and America's shared values when new arrivals are unwilling to learn English. The 'National Language Act of 2008' will reduce costs to our federal government and will encourage new, legal immigrants to quickly adopt America's native tongue. Learning English has always been and will continue to be a key step in achieving the American dream."

Congressman Broun's legislation is identical to companion legislation that has been introduced in the United States Senate by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK). The Senate bill is S. 2715.

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