Addition of two representatives increases number of co-sponsors to 99

H.R. 997, legislation to make English the official language received additional support in Congress yesterday, picking up two more co-sponsors. Rep. Chris Carney on Pennsylvania and Rep. Bob Latta of Ohio recently became co-sponsors of H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, joining lead sponsor Rep. Steve King and 97 other House members as supporters of a bill to make English the official language of the United States.

Both Rep. Carney, a Democrat, and Rep. Latta, a Republican, are in their second terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both Congressmen were supporters of H.R. 997 in the last session of Congress.

H.R. 997 now has 99 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 35 states.

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.