Thursday, May 15, 2008

Foxx Honored With Award

This post is from a press release for NC Congresswoman Virginia Foxx.

U.S. English gives Foxx its “A in English” award

Foxx honored for efforts to preserve the role of the English language

WASHINGTON, D.C.—United States Representative Virginia Foxx (NC-5) has been recognized by the group U.S. English for her dedication to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Rep. Foxx was one of a select number of House members honored with an “A in English” award based on her support of official English legislation in the 110th Congress.

“The English language is a strong force that unites us as a nation and I am proud to work to preserve its place in our American life,” Foxx said.

“I am pleased to present this award to Congresswoman Foxx for her efforts to unite our diverse nation under the common language of English,” said Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman of the Board of U.S. English. “At a time when there is renewed interest in preserving what unites us as a nation, we are grateful to Rep. Foxx for her dedicated and enthusiastic support of this issue.” (see pictures here and here)

The “A in English” award was given to Representatives who received “A” grades on the U.S. English legislative scorecard for the 110th Congress. Legislation that factored into the decision included co-sponsorship of H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, as well as a series of Congressional votes on reducing multilingualism in government and allowing employers the flexibility to enact English-in-the-Workplace policies. A full listing of the votes and grades can be found at

According to recent national polls, the vast majority of Americans support making English the official language of the United States. Polls conducted by Zogby International, the Winston Group and Rasmussen Reports have all found more than 80 percent of Americans in support of official English policies, with strong majorities among Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

About U.S. English: U.S. English is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English has more than 1.8 million members nationwide.

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