H.R. 50 (106th): Declaration of Official Language Act of 1999

Jan 06, 1999 (106th Congress, 1999–2000)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Robert Stump
Representative for Arizona's 3rd congressional district
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This bill was introduced on January 6, 1999, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jan 06, 1999
Referred to Committee Jan 06, 1999
Full Title

To amend title 4, United States Code, to declare English as the official language of the Government of the United States.


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9 cosponsors (7R, 1D, 1D) (show)

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Declaration of Official Language Act of 1999 - Declares English to be the official language of the U.S. Government. States that English is the preferred language of communication among U.S. citizens.
Requires the U.S. Government to promote and support the use of English for communications among U.S. citizens.
Requires communications by officers and employees of the U.S. Government with U.S. citizens to be in English. Directs the Immigration and Naturalization Service to:
(1) enforce the established English language proficiency standard for all applicants for U.S. citizenship; and
(2) conduct all naturalization ceremonies entirely in English. Allows anyone injured by a violation of this Act to obtain appropriate relief in a civil action.
Authorizes the court in any such action to allow a prevailing party, other than the U.S. Government, a reasonable attorney's fee as part of costs.
Repeals the Bilingual Education Act (title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965).
Amends the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to repeal bilingual voting requirements.

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