New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett became the newest co-sponsor of H.R. 997 yesterday, bringing the total number of co-sponsors of legislation to make English the official language to 113. Rep. Garrett, who is in his fourth term representing the Garden State’s Fifth Congressional District, has supported official English legislation in every session since coming to Congress in 2003.

In addition to being a co-sponsor of H.R. 997, Rep. Garrett is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 1414, legislation that would require the government to account for the costs of multilingual services, and H.R. 1588, legislation that would protect employers with English-in-the-Workplace policies. His outstanding efforts to support official English measures earned Rep. Garrett an “A in English” Award from U.S. English last May.

Introduced by Rep. Steve King less than three months ago, H.R. 997 now has 113 bi-partisan co-sponsors from 36 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.