Florida representative Jeff Miller became the newest co-sponsor of H.R. 997 yesterday, increasing the number of co-sponsors of legislation to make English the official language to 131. The five term representative from Florida’s First Congressional District was also a co-sponsor of official English legislation in the 108th, 109th and 110th Congresses and was awarded an “A in English” award for his efforts to unite all Americans under the common language of English. Rep. Miller’s action also fulfills a pledge he made as a candidate to the 111th Congress, where he promised to support official English legislation if re-elected.

H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, now has 131 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 36 states. The measure is currently pending in the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.


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.