Friday, May 19, 2006

Senate votes to make English America's "national language" & "common language"

Is the Senate really that spineless that they couldn't choose one, so they chose both? I'm sorry, but that's retarded...

WASHINGTON - Whether English is America's "national language" or its national "common and unifying language" was a question dominating the Senate immigration debate.

The Senate first voted 63-34 to make English the national language after lawmakers who led the effort said it would promote national unity.

But critics argued the move would prevent limited English speakers from getting language assistance required by an executive order enacted under President Clinton. So the Senate also voted 58-39 to make English the nation's "common and unifying language."

All that gobbledeegook can be boiled down to that they wasted a bunch of time and all that they changed is it will mean people seeking citizenship have to demonstrate a "sufficient understanding of the English language for usage in every day life."