Vote number 2007-198 declaring English as the official language of the US government
on Jun 6, 2007
regarding bill S.Amdt.1151 to S.1348 National Language Amendment Act
Results: Amendment Agreed to, 64-33
Voting YES would declare English as the national language of the Government of the US. Unless specifically provided by statute, no person would have an entitlement to have the Government of the US communicate or provide materials in any language other than English. If an exception is made with respect to the use of a language other than English, the exception does not create a legal entitlement to additional services in that language. If any form is issued by the Federal Government in a language other than English, the English language version of the form is the sole authority for all legal purposes. Nothing in this amendment shall prohibit the use of a language other than English.
Proponents recommend voting YES because:
Right now, the polling shows that 91% of the people in America want English as an official language, and 76% of Hispanics believe English should be an official language.
Opponents recommend voting NO because:
I believe the American people understand in order to succeed in our society, immigrants need to learn English. But the amendment would do a number of things that are problematical. The first is that it is contrary to the provisions of law that exist in many States. For example, in New Mexico, you have in their State Constitution, a provision that says that many of the documents within that State have to be provided in both English and Spanish. The same thing is true for the State of Hawaii. I believe this is a States rights issue, and those constitutions of those States ought to be respected. I do not believe it is a matter we ought to be imposing here from Washington DC.
Also, this amendment would undo an executive order conceived by President Bill Clinton and implemented by President George Bush. Both recognized it is important that people who have limited English proficiency receive the kinds of services so they can understand what is going on in terms of the interface between the Government and themselves.
Voting NO counts for 2 points on VoteMatch question 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship;
Voting YES counts for -2 points on VoteMatch question 12.
Voting YES counts as answer D on AmericansElect question 4;
When you think about illegal immigration, which of the following solutions come closest to your opinion?
Voting NO counts as answer B on AmericansElect question 4
- 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
voting on 2007-198
||YES||FL Former GOP Senator (resigned 2009); previously HUD Secy.|
||NO||VT Independent Jr Senator, previously Representative|