Voting English as Official Language of the U.S.

With election season in full swing, there has been a lot of talk in the House of Representatives regarding language legislation. One measure that the GOP hopes to pass is a vote that would make English the official language of the United States. GOP candidates such as Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, and Newt Gringrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, both support this measure.

Representative Steve King, a Republican representative from Iowa, introduced the “English Language Unity Act of 2011” that would require official tasks of the United States to be done in English. The Hill reports that there are 106 supporters of the bill and the bill has already been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

“It’s one of those 84 percent [approval] issues. I don’t know what the [Republican] leaders have up on the board that is more popular than official English,” said King in an interview with The Hill. “I’m starting to work this thing towards a hearing, we surely ought to have a hearing. I can push it harder and I intend to.”

To read the original article in The Hill, click here.