This legislation will greatly reduce government waste, protect taxpayer’s hard earned money, and promote government transparency

(Washington DC) — U.S. English enthusiastically supports the introduction of the Cost of Services and Translations (COST) Act (H.R. 3188), sponsored by Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06). This legislation will create a new appendix within each agency’s annual performance and accountability report, detailing all costs associated with providing multilingual services. This will include all verbal and written services in languages other than English. This bill will responsibly end all speculation on the current costs associated with multilingual services.

“U.S. English, Inc., 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, with over two million active members, applauds Rep. Sam Graves (MO-06) for introducing this common sense piece of legislation,” said U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica. “The COST Act will reduce government waste, protect taxpayers hard earned money, and demand government transparency by informing the public about the growing costs involved and associated with producing government documents and other services in multiple languages,” concluded Chairman Mujica.

“America is a collection of people from different races, religions, and backgrounds — that is part of what makes us great. But a common language is what brings people together to form a community,” Rep. Graves (MO-06) said. “Despite overwhelming support for the United States to adopt English as its official language, we have still not taken that important step. My bill will strengthen the case to adopt English as our official language and will save the federal government millions of dollars every year,” concluded Rep. Graves (MO-06).

Insisting on greater transparency in the Federal Government’s accounting practices, by determining the effectiveness and costs involved in agency multilingual services, this legislation will provide hard working Americans with the type of accountability and transparency that we rightfully deserve, demand, and expect from those in government who were elected to serve the needs and interests of U.S. taxpayers.

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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.