HR 997

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

H. R. 997

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.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 10, 2011

Mr. KING of Iowa (for himself, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. JONES, Mr. TURNER, Mr. ROSS of Florida, Mr. WESTMORELAND, Mrs. BACHMANN, Mr. POSEY, Mr. BROUN of Georgia, Mr. LATOURETTE, Mr. WITTMAN, Mr. ROE of Tennessee, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. ROKITA, Mr. BARTON of Texas, Mrs. BLACKBURN, Mr. LONG, Mr. SCHOCK, Mr. COFFMAN of Colorado, Mr. BUCHANAN, Mr. MCCAUL, Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. LATTA, Mr. NEUGEBAUER, Mr. JORDAN, Mrs. EMERSON, Mr. GARY G. MILLER of California, Mr. HERGER, Mr. CAMPBELL, Mrs. ADAMS, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. BARTLETT, Mr. DREIER, Mr. SULLIVAN, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. DAVIS of Kentucky, Mr. BACHUS, Mr. ROGERS of Michigan, Mr. PAUL, Mr. DUNCAN of Tennessee, Mr. MCCOTTER, Mr. GINGREY of Georgia, Mrs. MCMORRIS RODGERS, Ms. FOXX, Mr. SIMPSON, Mr. MCCLINTOCK, Mr. MILLER of Florida, Mr. TIBERI, Mr. SCALISE, Mr. FRANKS of Arizona, Mr. SMITH of Nebraska, Mr. GOODLATTE, Mr. FLEMING, Mrs. MYRICK, Mr. RIGELL, Mr. HARRIS, Mr. JOHNSON of Ohio, Mr. WEST, Mr. WALBERG, and Mr. CHABOT) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


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.

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

SEC. 3. ENGLISH AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE UNITED STATES.

`CHAPTER 6--OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

`Sec. 161. Official language of the United States

`Sec. 162. Preserving and enhancing the role of the official language

`Sec. 163. Official functions of Government to be conducted in English

`Sec. 164. Uniform English language rule for naturalization

`Sec. 165. Rules of construction

`Sec. 166. Standing

`Chapter 6. Official Language'.

SEC. 4. GENERAL RULES OF CONSTRUCTION FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEXTS OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES.

`Sec. 9. General rules of construction for laws of the United States

SEC. 5. IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS.

SEC. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.

END