H.R. 5759 – Legislation to Make English the National Language
English as the Official Language Act of 2008 (Introduced in House)
HR 5759 IH
Mr. BROUN of Georgia (for himself, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mrs. DRAKE, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. AKIN, Mrs. MUSGRAVE, Mr. PITTS, Mr. GOODE, Mr. DAVID DAVIS of Tennessee, Mr. WALBERG, Mr. ADERHOLT, Mr. MARCHANT, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. PRICE of Georgia, Mr. GINGREY, Mr. DEAL of Georgia, Mr. LINDER, Mr. KINGSTON, Mr. WAMP, Mr. TANCREDO, Mr. COBLE, Ms. FOXX, Mr. POE, and Mrs. MYRICK) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
- This Act may be cited as the `English as the Official Language Act of 2008′.
- Title 4, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
- `161. Declaration of national language.
- `162. Preserving and enhancing the role of the national language.
- `163. Use of language other than English.
- `English shall be the national language of the Government of the United States.
- `(a) In General- The Government of the United States shall preserve and enhance the role of English as the national language of the United States of America.
- `(b) Exception- Unless specifically provided by statute, 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 provide materials in any language other than English. If an exception is made with respect to the use of a language other than English, the exception does not create a legal entitlement to additional services in that language or any language other than English.
- `(c) Forms- If any form is issued by the Federal Government in a language other than English (or such form is completed in a language other than English), the English language version of the form is the sole authority for all legal purposes.
- `Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit the use of a language other than English.’.
- The table of chapters for title 4, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item: