H.R.997 - English Language Unity Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020) |
|Sponsor:||Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 02/06/2019)|
|Committees:||House - Education and Labor; Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/22/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.997 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (02/06/2019)
English Language Unity Act of 2019
This bill establishes English as the official language of the United States. Official functions of the government must be conducted in English, with specified exceptions.
The bill declares that all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the law.
A person injured by a violation of this bill may obtain relief, including a declaratory judgment, in a civil action.
English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, shall be presumed to be consistent with the law.
The Department of Homeland Security shall issue a proposed rule for testing the English language ability of candidates for naturalization based upon the principles that (1) citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the law; and (2) exceptions to this standard should be limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as asylum.