Bill Text
111th Congress (2009-2010)
H.R.997.IH


H.R.997 -- English Language Unity Act of 2009 (Introduced in House - IH)

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 997

To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 11, 2009

Mr. KING of Iowa (for himself, Mrs. BACHMANN, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. LUETKEMEYER, Mr. BURGESS, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. COBLE, Mr. CULBERSON, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. DREIER, Mr. DUNCAN, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. BROWN of South Carolina, Mr. HERGER, Mr. INGLIS, Mr. JONES, Mr. MCCAUL, Mr. MCHENRY, Mr. PAUL, Mr. ROE of Tennessee, Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Mr. TIBERI, Mr. BROUN of Georgia, Mr. GRAVES, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. SIMPSON, Mr. MCHUGH, Mr. PLATTS, Mr. HOEKSTRA, Mr. SULLIVAN, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky, Mr. ROGERS of Michigan, Mr. WOLF, Mr. FLEMING, Mr. SMITH of Nebraska, Mr. SHUSTER, Ms. FOXX, Mr. POE of Texas, Mr. LUCAS, Mr. BARTLETT, Mr. WHITFIELD, Mr. GARY G. MILLER of California, Mr. KLINE of Minnesota, Mr. MARCHANT, Mrs. LUMMIS, Mr. WITTMAN, Mr. STEARNS, Mr. LATOURETTE, Mr. AKIN, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas, Ms. FALLIN, Mr. WAMP, Mr. PITTS, Mrs. SCHMIDT, Mr. WESTMORELAND, and Mr. MCCLINTOCK) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

SEC. 3. ENGLISH AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE UNITED STATES. CHAPTER 6--OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

Sec. 161. Official language of the United States

Sec. 162. Preserving and enhancing the role of the official language

Sec. 163. Official functions of Government to be conducted in English

Sec. 164. Uniform English language rule for naturalization

Sec. 165. Rules of construction

Sec. 166. Standing

Chapter 6. Official Language.

SEC. 4. GENERAL RULES OF CONSTRUCTION FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEXTS OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES.

Sec. 9. General rules of construction for laws of the United States

SEC. 5. IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS.

SEC. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.