Support from Kansas Representative Lifts Total to 101

The number of co-sponsors of H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act climbed to 101 with the addition of Rep. Todd Tiahrt. Rep. Tiahrt joins lead sponsor Rep. Steve King and the 100 additional co-sponsors from 35 states in supporting legislation to make English the official language of the United States.

Rep. Tiahrt is in his eighth term representing the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas. Since coming to the House of Representatives in 1995, Rep. Tiahrt has been a consistent supporter of official English legislation and voted for the measure when it came to the House floor in 1996.

For his effort to promote the unifying bond of English during the 110th Congress, Rep. Tiahrt was honored with an A in English Award from U.S. English, Inc. in May 2008.

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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.