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Support the English Language Unity Act of 2003
« on: December 22, 2003, 07:14:44 AM »
Sorry about the length of this... first section is about how we got so multi-lingual.  Next is one solution to the problem.

Executive Order 13166
With a quick stroke of his pen, then President William J. Clinton signed Executive Order 13166 into law on August 11, 2000. With that act, the federal government became officially multilingual, requiring any entity receiving federal monies to provide services in any language. Private physicians, clinics, and hospitals that accept Medicare and Medicaid must provide, at their own expense, translators for any language spoken by any patient.

In a report to Congress in 2002, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reported that forcing physicians to provide multilingual outpatient services would cost $180.8 million annually. In addition, inpatient services in multiple languages would cost hospitals $78.2 million, while the bill for multilingual emergency room services would tally $8.6 million, pushing the health care total to $267.6 million.



To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid mis-constructions 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.

`Sec. 163. Official functions of Government to be conducted in English
`(a) OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS- The official functions of the Government of the United States shall be conducted in English.

`(c) PRACTICAL EFFECT- This section shall apply to all laws, public proceedings, regulations, publications, orders, actions, programs, and policies, but does not apply to--

`(1) teaching of languages;
`(2) requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;
`(3) actions, documents, or policies necessary for national security, international relations, trade, tourism, or commerce;
`(4) actions or documents that protect the public health and safety;
`(5) actions or documents that facilitate the activities of the Bureau of the Census in compiling any census of population;
`(6) actions that protect the rights of victims of crimes or criminal defendants; or
`(7) using terms of art or phrases from languages other than English.

`Sec. 164. Uniform English language rule for naturalization
`(a) UNIFORM LANGUAGE TESTING STANDARD - 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 made in pursuance of the Constitution.