S. 503 (112th): English Language Unity Act of 2011

Introduced:
Mar 08, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
See Instead:

H.R. 997 (same title)
Referred to Committee — Mar 10, 2011

Sponsor
James “Jim” Inhofe
Senior Senator from Oklahoma
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Mar 08, 2011
Length
7 pages
Related Bills
S. 991 (111th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 06, 2009

S. 464 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 05, 2013

 
Status

This bill was introduced on March 8, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Mar 08, 2011
Referred to Committee Mar 08, 2011
 
Full Title

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.

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Cosponsors
3 cosponsors (3R) (show)
Committees

Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

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3/8/2011--Introduced.
English Language Unity Act of 2011- Makes English the official language of the United States.
Requires, subject to exceptions and rules of construction, that: (1) official functions of the United States be conducted in English; and (2) all naturalization ceremonies be conducted in English. Establishes a uniform English language rule for naturalization.
Makes English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, presumptively consistent with the laws of the United States. Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue for public notice and comment a proposed rule for uniform testing of English language ability of candidates for naturalization based upon the principles that:
(1) all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the United States; and
(2) any exceptions to this standard should be limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as asylum.

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