The number of co-sponsors of the English Language Unity Act increased to 119 yesterday with the support of Michigan Congressman Fred Upton. Rep. Upton becomes the fifth new co-sponsor of H.R. 997 and the 61st new supporter since the bill was introduced by Rep. Steve King and 58 original co-sponsors on Feb. 11, 2009.

Rep. Upton is in his 12th term representing the Sixth Congressional District of Michigan. First elected in 1987, he has been a strong supporter of recognizing English as the official language of the United States and voted in favor of official English (H.R. 123) when it passed the House in 1996. Rep. Upton’s efforts on behalf of the common language for all Americans earned him an “A in English” award from U.S. English in May 2008.

H.R. 997 would make English the official language of the United States and limit government multilingualism to specific areas such as emergency services and tourism. The measure, which has 119 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 36 states, is one of the most widely supported bills in the 111th Congress.

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. ( ) now has more than 2 million members.