Iowa Congressman Steve King finally hit paydirt. The Republican from Iowa has had little success getting his colleagues to sign onto bills of his that allow judges to carry firearms, or to spend $100 million on a fence along the U.S. border with Mexico, or to cut the salaries of United State Supreme Court justices. But he's found willing signatories to his bill that would mandate that English is the official language of the United States.
If he wins this year's election to Congress, Republican Bill Sali says he'll join Rep. King. and the 161 co-sponsors of House Bill 997, and sign onto the bill.
"It should be the policy of this country that we not foster other languages," Sali said in a news conference this week. "Those who know English tend to land better jobs, earn more money, and have less dependence on government resources."
Sali's Democratic opponent, Larry Grant, did not have an immediate comment on the matter. Idaho's other two Congressmen, Rep. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Rep. Mike Simpson, both signed onto the bill. Otter is running for governor against Democrat Jerry Brady.