Freshman Representative Tom Rooney became the latest co-sponsor of H.R. 997 yesterday, increasing the number of co-sponsors of legislation to make English the official language to 112. The representative from Florida’s 16th Congressional District is the third new co-sponsor of H.R. 997 in the past 10 days.

During the last campaign season, Rep. Rooney signed a U.S. English pledge to support official English legislation if elected to Congress. With yesterday’s action, he becomes the 66th member to follow through on his promise.

H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, would make English the official language of the United States and ensure that the government promotes English acquisition by doing the overwhelming majority of government business in English. Introduced by Rep. Steve King and supported by 112 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 35 states, it is one 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. ( www.usenglish.org ) now has more than 2 million members.