Iowa Representative Tom Latham became the 128th co-sponsor of H.R. 997 yesterday, as the push for official English legislation heats up in Congress. The Congressman from Iowa’s Fourth Congressional District is the eighth representative to become a co-sponsor of the English Language Unity Act since Congress returned from recess 2-1/2 weeks ago.

First elected in 1994, Rep. Latham was one of the 259 legislators who voted in favor of making English the official language of the United States when the measure came to the floor in 1996.

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.