Friday, May 19, 2006

Senate Votes on English Language

The U.S. Senate voted 63-34 to make English the official national language. Currently, the U.S. does not have an official language.

The vote was on an amendment to the immigration bill. Sen, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate minority leader, called the amendment "racist" because "it is directed at people who speak Spanish".

To confuse the issue some, the Senate voted 58-39 to approve an amendment calling English the "unifying language", whatever that means.

After the Senate passes a final immigration bill, the Senate and House will send representatives to a conference committee to agree on the provisions that will be in the immigration bill. Then, both the Senate and the House must pass the conference bill to send it to the President for his signature, which would make the bill law.

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