Senator J.D Vance and Kevin Cramer have come together to form an unlikely duo in the GOP with their proposal to make English the official language of the United States.
This type of patriotic, common-sense approach has conservatives focused and energized around a simple, yet important message – unification and cohesion through language.
Daily wire reports. It doesn’t get discussed as much as it used to, but some people, like Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), believe America should adopt English as its official language. Legislation to do so was introduced this week by the two senators.
Vance stated in his press release that “This commonsense legislation recognizes an inherent truth: English is the language of this country. That is why the overwhelming majority of the American people support this proposal,”
The majority of states – 31 and all U.S. territories – recognize English as their official language.
Vance continued in his statement “The English language has been a cornerstone of American culture for over 250 years, It is far past time for Congress to codify its place into law, which is exactly what this bill does.”
Under this bill, all laws, public proceedings, regulations, publications, orders, actions, programs, and policies would be written in English. This is actually the latest version of the bill, since the “English Language Unity Act” was previously introduced, but never passed.
Additionally, the bill states that “Representatives of the Federal Government have an affirmative obligation to preserve and enhance English as the official language of the Federal Government.” The obligation shall include providing greater opportunities for individuals to learn English.”
A similar bill was passed by the Senate in 2005 with 64 votes. After that, it effectively died, but that doesn’t mean it’s officially over.
Despite English being the most commonly spoken language in the United States, it does not have a national language.
Co-sponsored by Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-South Dakota, Vance’s English Language Unity Act would fill this gap and require most government business to be conducted in English. A universal language testing standard would be introduced for people on the path to citizenship.
Rep. Bob Good, R-Va., introduced the House version of the bill last week.
Americans who speak more than one language at home have nearly tripled since 1980, according to U.S. census data. Majority of those who speak another language report speaking Spanish, while French – including French Creole and Haitian French – is second.
A Rasmussen poll conducted last year showed that 78% of American adults support English as the official language.
Senator J.D Vance and Kevin Cramer’s push for making English the official language of the United States is a wholesome message of patriotism and upholding traditional American ideals. In a time when many segments of society seem more divided than ever, this proposal brings us all together and reinforces common sense notions of unity and cohesion. It further serves as a reminder that no matter our differences, we must rise above them to pursue what is best for this nation in order to live up to the patriotic example set before us by generations prior. The legislation proposed by these two GOP Senators should not only be praised by those on both sides of the aisle, but also embraced as evidence that America still believes in its values strong enough to make them official.
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