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2007-HR997 on Feb 12, 2007

Bill Sponsorship: declaring English as the official language of the US
Source: English Language Unity Act (H.R.997)
This bill declares English as the official language of the United States, establishes a uniform English language rule for naturalization.
  1. The United States is comprised of individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, and continues to benefit from this rich diversity.
  2. Throughout the history of the United States, the common thread binding individuals of differing backgrounds has been the English language.
  3. Federal Representatives of shall have an obligation to enhance the role of English as the official language of the Federal Government.
  4. The official functions of the Government of the United States shall be conducted in English.
  5. 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 US.
  6. All naturalization ceremonies shall be conducted in English.

Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.123 from 1999.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 12. Question 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Immigration
  • Headline: Declare English as the official language of the US (Score: -1)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 4.
  • Headline: Declare English as the official language of the US (Answer: D)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 4 on Immigration: When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
    • A: All illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US legally
    • B: Most illegal immigrants should be able to stay in the US, with some exceptions
    • C: Most illegal immigrants should be deported, with some exceptions
    • D: All illegal immigrants should be deported
    • E: Unsure


  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 2007-HR997

Jason Altmire s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Chris Carney s1oPennsylvania Democrat (Retired 2010) 
Lincoln Davis s1oTennessee Democrat (until 2010) 
Ralph Moody Hall s1oTexas Democrat 
Paul Kanjorski s1oPennsylvania Democrat (until 2010) 
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Collin Peterson s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Gene Taylor s1oMississippi Democratic Challenger 



Republicans participating in 2007-HR997

Robert Aderholt s1oAlabama Republican 
Todd Akin s1oMissouri Republican (Senate run 2012) 
Rodney Alexander s1oLouisiana Republican (resigned 2014) 
Michele Bachmann s1oMinnesota Republican (retiring 2014) 
Spencer Bachus s1oAlabama Republican (retiring 2014) 
Richard Hugh Baker s1oLouisiana Republican (Resigned 2008) 
Gresham Barrett s1oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Roscoe Bartlett s1oMaryland Republican 
Joe Linus Barton s1oTexas Republican 
Judy Biggert s1oIllinois Republican 
Brian Bilbray s1oCalifornia Republican 
Gus Bilirakis s1oFlorida Republican 
Rob Bishop s1oUtah Republican 
Marsha Blackburn s1oTennessee Republican 
Jo Bonner s1oAlabama Republican (Resigned 2013) 
John Boozman s1oAR Republican Jr Senator 
Charles Boustany s1oLouisiana Republican 
Paul Broun s1oGA Republican Challenger 
Vern Buchanan s1oFlorida Republican 
Michael Burgess s1oTexas Republican 
Dan Burton s1oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Steve Buyer s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Ken Calvert s1oCalifornia Republican 
Dave Camp s1oMichigan Republican (Retiring 2014) 
John Campbell s1oCalifornia Republican (retiring 2014) 
Eric Cantor s1oVirginia Republican 
Shelley Moore Capito s1oWest Virginia Republican (Senate run 2014) 
Steve Chabot s1oOhio Republican 
John Howard Coble s1oNorth Carolina Republican (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Cubin s1oWyoming Republican (Retiring 2008) 
John Culberson s1oTexas Republican 
David Davis s1oTennessee Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Geoff Davis s1oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Nathan Deal s1oGA Republican Governor 
John Doolittle s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Thelma Drake s1oVirginia Republican (Unseated 2008) 
David Dreier s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Jimmy Duncan s1oTennessee Republican 
Jo Ann Emerson s1oMissouri Republican (Resigned 2013) 
Terry Everett s1oAlabama Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Randy Forbes s1oVirginia Republican 
Jeff Fortenberry s1oNebraska Republican 
Virginia Foxx s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Trent Franks s1oArizona Republican 
Scott Garrett s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Wayne Gilchrest s1oMaryland Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Phil Gingrey s1oGA Republican Challenger 
Louie Gohmert s1oTexas Republican 
Bob Goodlatte s1oVirginia Republican 
Samuel Graves s1oMissouri Republican 
Robin Hayes s1oNorth Carolina Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Dean Heller s1oNevada Republican (Resigned 2011) 
Wally Herger s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Peter Hoekstra s1oMI Republican Challenger 
Kenny Hulshof s1oMissouri Republican (Governor 2008) 
Bob Inglis s1oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Bobby Jindal s1oLA Republican Governor 
Sam Johnson s1oTexas Republican 
Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
Jim Jordan s1oOhio Republican 
Peter King s1oNew York Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life 
Steve King s1pIowa Republican 
John Kline s1oMinnesota Republican 
Joe Knollenberg s1oMichigan Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Randy Kuhl s1oNew York Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Ray LaHood s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Steven LaTourette s1oOhio Republican 
Ron Lewis s1oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Frank Dean Lucas s1oOklahoma Republican 
Donald Manzullo s1oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Kenny Marchant s1oTexas Republican 
Michael McCaul s1oTexas Republican 
Thad McCotter s1oMichigan Republican 
Jim McCrery s1oLouisiana Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Patrick McHenry s1oNorth Carolina Republican 
John McHugh s1oNew York Republican/Conservative 
Buck McKeon s1oCalifornia Republican (retiring 2014) 
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers s1oWashington Republican 
John Mica s1oFlorida Republican 
Candice Miller s1oMichigan Republican 
Gary Miller s1oCalifornia Republican (retiring 2014) 
Jeff Miller s1oFlorida Republican 
Jerry Moran s1oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Marilyn Musgrave s1oColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Sue Myrick s1oNorth Carolina Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Randy Neugebauer s1oTexas Republican 
Ron Paul s1oPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Mike Pence s1oIN Republican Governor 
John Peterson s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retired 2008) 
Tom Petri s1oWisconsin Republican 
Chip Pickering s1oMS Republican challenger (2006), U.S. Rep. 
Joseph Pitts s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Todd Platts s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Ted Poe s1oTexas Republican 
Tom Price s1oGeorgia Republican 
Jim Ramstad s1oMinnesota Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Ralph Regula s1oOhio Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Dennis Rehberg s1oMontana Republican (Senate run 2014) 
Thomas Reynolds s1oNew York Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Hal Rogers s1oKentucky Republican 
Michael Rogers s1oAlabama Republican 
Mike Rogers s1oMichigan Republican 
Dana Rohrabacher s1oCalifornia Republican 
Ed Royce s1oCalifornia Republican 
Bill Sali s1oIdaho Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Jim Saxton s1oNew Jersey Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Jean Schmidt s1oOhio Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Pete Sessions s1oTexas Republican 
John Shadegg s1oArizona Republican 
Christopher Shays s1oConnecticut Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Bill Shuster s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Mike Simpson s1oIdaho Republican 
Adrian Smith s1oNebraska Republican 
Mark Souder s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Cliff Stearns s1oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
John Sullivan s1oOklahoma Republican 
Tom Tancredo s1oCO Republican Gubernatorial Challenger 
Todd Tiahrt s1oKansas Republican (until 2010) 
Pat Tiberi s1oOhio Republican 
Mike Turner s1oOhio Republican 
Fred Upton s1oMichigan Republican 
Tim Walberg s1oMichigan Republican 
Greg Walden s1oOregon Republican 
Jim Walsh s1oNew York Rep./Ind. (Retiring 2008) 
Zach Wamp s1oTennessee Republican (until 2010) 
Dave Weldon s1oFL Republican Senate Challenger (Lost primary) 
Jerry Weller s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Lynn Westmoreland s1oGeorgia Republican 
Ed Whitfield s1oKentucky Republican 
Roger Wicker s1oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 
Joe Wilson s1oSouth Carolina Republican 
Robert Wittman s1oVirginia Republican 
Frank Wolf s1oVirginia Republican (retiring 2014) 



Independents participating in 2007-HR997

Ginny Brown-Waite s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Tom Feeney s1oFlorida Former GOP 
Virgil Goode s1oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 
Darrell Issa s1oCA03 Former Initiator of Gubernatorial Recall (2003) 
John Linder s1oGeorgia Former GOP (until 2010) 
Adam Putnam s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 133
Independents: 6


















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