H.R. 997 (109th): English Language Unity Act of 2005


Mar 1, 2005
109th Congress, 2005–2006

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 1, 2005, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Steve King

Representative for Iowa's 5th congressional district



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About the bill

Full Title

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.

Summary (CRS)

3/1/2005--Introduced.English Language Unity Act of 2005 - Declares English to be the official language of the United States. Establishes the affirmative obligation of the representatives of the Federal Government to ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Mar 1, 2005

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This is a House of Representatives bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “H.R.” in “H.R. 997”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


164 cosponsors (158R, 6D) (show)
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There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

Related Bills

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H.R. 997 (108th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 27, 2003

H.R. 997 (110th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 12, 2007

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