The nation’s leading English language advocacy organization is urging members of Congress to support a bill that would finally make English the official language of the United States.

The English Language Unity Act HR 997 was originally authored by Iowa’s Steve King (R), while the Senate version, SR 678, was introduced by Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe. The measure would designate English as the nation’s official language of governmental operations and establish a uniform language requirement for the citizen naturalization process.

“If we had the English Language Unity Act as law in the United States, it would probably save Americans about $2 billion a year,” says Stephen Guschov, executive director of ProEnglish. “Right now, Americans spend a couple of billion dollars a year on … government-mandated interpretation and translation services, so that’s a key reason why we’re sponsoring the English Language Unity Act, in addition to other reasons, such as cultural assimilation.”

Guschov recognizes that most Democrats and illegal alien advocacy groups will fight against official English, as they have successfully stopped this movement in the past.

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