English only off limits

A resolution to oppose “English only” measures

Jose' Serrano (D-NY)


On January 7, 2011 the “English Plus Resolution” was introduced into the House of Representatives by Jose’ E. Serrano of New York (D) which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The Resolution proposes that the United States Government should pursue policies that:
1) encourage all residents of this country to become fully proficient in English by expanding educational opportunities and access to information technologies;

2) conserve and develop the Nation’s linguistic resources by encouraging all residents of this country to learn or maintain skills in languages other than English;

3) assist Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and other peoples indigenous to the United States, in their efforts to prevent the extinction of their languages and cultures;

4) continue to provide services in languages other than English as needed to facilitate access to essential functions of government, promote public health and safety, ensure due process, promote equal educational opportunity, and protect fundamental rights; and

5) recognize the importance of multilingualism to vital American interests and individual rights, and oppose “English-only” measures and other restrictionist language measures.

ABOUT: Democratic Representative Jose’ Serrano of New York, born 1943, is currently serving his 12th term in the House (1990-present). He serves in the House Appropriations Committee and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Serving as an active member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus he is the most senior member of Congress of Puerto Rican descent.

Read H. Con. Res. 8

What is a Concurrent Resolution?
A concurrent resolution is a legislative proposal that requires the approval of both houses but does not require the signature of the President and does not have the force of law. Concurrent resolutions generally are used to make or amend rules that apply to both houses. They are also used to express the sentiments of both of the houses.


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