US HB997 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 24-0)
Status: Introduced on February 6 2019 - 25% progression
Action: 2019-03-22 - Referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
Pending: House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

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.

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Title

English Language Unity Act of 2019

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History

DateChamberAction
2019-03-22HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
2019-02-06HouseReferred to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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.
2019-02-06HouseReferred to the Committee on Education and Labor, 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.
2019-02-06HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB678 (Related) 2019-03-06 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

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