The Senate late last night approved an amendment authored by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to declare English the country’s national language.
“We heard some talk this week at the Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire that declaring English to be our national language is somehow divisive,” Alexander said. “It’s just the reverse. Having a common language helps unite us. Our greatest accomplishment is molding our magnificent diversity into one country. Speaking to one another in one language makes that possible.”
Alexander was the lead cosponsor of the Inhofe amendment, which passed the Senate by a vote of 64 to 33. In addition to stating that English is the national language of the United States, the amendment also provides that no one has the right to demand or sue for services in a foreign language unless provided for by law. However, the amendment would not prevent those currently receiving government services in another language from continuing to do so.
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