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Eagle Forum Alert
November 16, 2007


Tell Democratic Leadership to Support the Alexander English Amendment!

How many times have you walked into a business where employees speak a language other than English? It can be very frustrating. Some businesses, such as the Salvation Army, have begun requiring employees to speak English while on the job. However, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued the Salvation Army because they believe requiring employees to speak English violates their civil rights!

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) agrees with you that this is an outrage! He recently offered an amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3093), to prohibit federal funds from being used by the EEOC to sue employers for requiring English on the job. The Alexander English amendment passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and was included in the final version that passed the Senate on October 16.

When the House and the Senate met in a conference committee to reconcile their CJS bills, the House voted 218-186 (Roll Call 1076) to instruct the House conferees to agree with the Senate and keep the Alexander language.

However, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have ordered that negotiations be indefinitely halted because they oppose allowing the Alexander English amendment being included in the CJS bill when it is sent to President Bush. This is dirty politics at its worst!

Your calls and activism are needed to tell Democrat leadership to stop holding the English language hostage! Both the House and Senate will be in recess over Thanksgiving. Be sure to drop in their district offices and call to let your Senators and Representatives know you want English spoken in the workplace! Support the Alexander English amendment in the CJS conference!

Businesses should not be worried they will be sued for requiring their employees to speak English on the job! We all know English is the key to success in America, as our original motto proclaims, E Pluribus Unum—one from many.

Take Action

The CJS conference committee should immediately reconvene and vote to keep the Alexander English amendment that prohibits the EEOC from suing businesses that require English in the workplace.

House CJS Conferees: Mollohan, Kennedy, Fattah, Ruppersberger, Schiff, Honda, DeLauro, Price, Frelinghuysen, Culberson, Rogers (KY), Latham, Aderholt, Obey, Lewis (CA)

Senate CJS Conferees: Mikulski, Inouye, Leahy, Kohl, Harkin, Dorgan, Feinstein, Reed, Lautenberg, Shelby, Gregg, Stevens, Domenici, McConnell, Hutchison, Brownback, Alexander, Byrd and Cochran

Democratic Leadership: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Call CJS Conferees and Democrat Leadership Today!

Capitol Switchboard: (202)-224-3121

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