WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 05/16/12 -- U.S.English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica today issued a renewed call to action to Congressional lawmakers, urging them to take action on a bill that will declare English the official language of the United States.
"Despite boasting 113 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and broad support from Americans of all demographics, Congress has not yet held a hearing or taken a vote on Official English legislation," Mujica said. "Recent poll results show that America is already behind in recognizing the countless advantages of English as a common language."
In March of 2011, Congressman Steve King (R-IA) introduced H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, which currently awaits further consideration in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the House Judiciary Committee.
"China, France, Africa, the Middle East and countries in the Asia-Pacific region all consider English the language of success when interacting with foreign countries in a business environment," Mujica continued. "Yet in the United States, we are still providing foreign language translations and preventing American citizens from reaching their fullest potential, rather than encouraging them to learn English."
An Ipsos poll released this week surveyed more than 16,000 adults in 26 countries and found that 67 percent of those polled said English was the language used most often in conducting foreign business. Results also showed that people with higher income levels and education were most likely to find English the most useful language when forming business relationships.
"Research has consistently shown that Americans who are fluent in English have better, higher paying jobs. While no one can deny the advantages of speaking a foreign language, in order to best prepare citizens for success, we must ensure that no matter how many languages an American can speak, one of them should be English. I once again urge Members of Congress to hear the will of an overwhelming majority of Americans and take immediate action to pass the English Language Unity Act," Mujica added.
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 1.8 million members.
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