Senate votes for English as “national” language of the US

… but not our official language, of course:

After an emotional debate fraught with symbolism, the Senate yesterday voted to make English the “national language” of the United States, declaring that no one has a right to federal communications or services in a language other than English except for those already guaranteed by law.

The measure, approved 63 to 34, directs the government to “preserve and enhance” the role of English, without altering current laws that require some government documents and services be provided in other languages. Opponents, however, said it could negate executive orders, regulations, civil service guidances and other multilingual ordinances not officially sanctioned by acts of Congress.

This is largely a symbolic vote more than anything (considering how watered down the bill was), but I’m going to look on the positive side and consider it a baby step towards one day making English the *official* language here in the US.

More from the article:

Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) called the amendment “racist,” and Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) dismissed it as divisive and anti-American.

When all else fails, the Dems throw into the recipe their favorite card: the race card. With a little helping of “anti-American’ accusations on the side.

(Hat tip: Outside The Beltway)

In related news, the Kyl amendment – which would have required guest workers to leave at the end of their (supposed to be) temporary stay – failed.

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