Support for official English legislation increased again yesterday, as Alabama Representative Robert Aderholt added his name as a co-sponsor of the English Language Unity Act. The seven-term Representative from Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District is the second new co-sponsor of H.R. 997 this week and the third this month. Rep. Aderholt’s support of the bill brings the total number of co-sponsors of H.R. 997 to 117 from 36 states.

Since coming to Congress in 1997, Rep. Aderholt has been an enthusiastic supporter of efforts to unite our diverse nation under the English language. He has supported legislation to make English the official language of the United States consistently, and was a recipient of an “A in English” Award from U.S. English in 2008.

Introduced by Rep. Steve King in February, H.R. 997 would make English the official language of the United States and limit government multilingualism to areas such as emergency services, tourism and education. The measure is currently pending in the House Judiciary and House Education and Workforce committees.

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U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. ( www.usenglish.org ) now has more than 2 million members.