H.R. 997: English Language Unity Act of 2013

Introduced:
Mar 06, 2013
Status:
Referred to Committee
Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Steve King
Representative for Iowa's 4th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Mar 06, 2013
Length
7 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 997 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 10, 2011

S. 464 (Related)
English Language Unity Act of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 05, 2013

 
Status

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on March 6, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Progress
Introduced Mar 06, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 06, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed House ...
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

28% chance of getting past committee.
4% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

 
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.

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Cosponsors
62 cosponsors (60R, 2D) (show)
Committees

House Education and the Workforce

House Judiciary

Immigration and Border Security

The Constitution and Civil Justice

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Library of Congress Summary

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3/6/2013--Introduced.
English Language Unity Act of 2013 - Makes English the official language of the United States.
Requires, subject to exceptions and rules of construction, that: (1) official functions of the U.S. government 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 (DHS) 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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