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    H.R. 1414 to Require Accounts of Costs: Multilingual Service

    From English First
    Urging support for H.R. 1414, the Multilingual Services Accounting Act

    "Do you know exactly how many of your tax dollars your government spends on multilingual programs?

    "I mean everything, from the costs of hiring bilingual teachers, printing bilingual textbooks, translating every govenement website into multiple languages, requiring every agency and department throughout the entire United States to hire translators and/or print materials to ensure that any person, speaking any language, can receive government services in their language of choice.

    "DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH THIS COSTS YOU AND EVERY OTHER AMERICAN TAXPAYER?

    "Wait, there's more. Thanks to Bill Clingon's Executive Order 13166, federal bilingual mandates were extended to every single company doing business with the federal government or receiving any federal benefit from the federal government requiring all of them to provide the same multilingual services. This list includes, but is not limited to all government contractors or anyone doing business with the federal government, all tax-exempt entities, like schools, hospitals, churches and all nonprofit organizations.

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    "The list is far from complete, but I am sure you can begin to get the picture of just how far multilingualism has been forced upon us by our federal government.

    "So, what do you think we taxpayers pay annually to support multilingual services? Millions? Billions? Trillions? If you're not sure, don't feel bad. The correct answer is NOBODY KNOWS! Nobody knows because our govenment wants it that way.

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    "Being able to quote the true costs of multilingual programs would be a powerful way to get tens of millions of Americans to call for the elimination of all these programs; repeal E.O. 13166; and, finally, make English the official language of the United States.

    "(edit) I've got great news for you. Congresswoman Virgina Foxx of North Carolina has already introduced a bill, H.R. 1414, the Multilingual Services Accounting Act, that will give us the information we need to eliminate this insane bilingual boondoggle, once and for all.

    "H.R. 1414 requires every federal agency's Chief Financial Officer (CF0) to start including detailed accounting information for all its multilingual services in their mandatory annual reports to the Directors of each federal agency AND to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (0MB).

    "This is huge! Once this bill passes, we can reveal to the general public how much this horrible, divisive and wasteful program has been costing them.

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    "I know that if this bill passes, our chances for defeating the reauthorization of multilingual programs will be very good!

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    "We are making passage of this bill a top priority because if we can stop the funding for bilingual programs, we can begin to take our country back.

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    Sincerely,
    Frank McGlynn
    Executive Director"

    English First
    http://www.englishfirst.org

    Copied in part from a print letter enclosed with the English First Members' Report, August 23, 2010. English First is requesting that recipients ask their Congressional representatives to co-sponsor this legislation. The wording of H.R. 1414 is printed below.

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    H.R.1414 -- Multilingual Services Accounting Act (Introduced in House - IH)

    HR 1414 IH

    111th CONGRESS

    1st Session

    H. R. 1414

    To amend title 31, United States Code, to end speculation on the current cost of multilingual services provided by the Government, and for other purposes.


    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    March 10, 2009
    Ms. FOXX (for herself, Mr. JONES, Mr. PAUL, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. AKIN, and Mr. BILBRAY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


    A BILL
    To amend title 31, United States Code, to end speculation on the current cost of multilingual services provided by the Government, and for other purposes.


    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Multilingual Services Accounting Act'.

    SEC. 2. PURPOSES.

    The purposes of this Act are--

    (1) to create a new appendix within each agency's annual performance and accountability report detailing any cost associated with providing multilingual services, such as verbal, written, or other services in languages other than English;

    (2) to end speculation on the current cost of providing multilingual services;

    (3) to provide for more transparency in the Government's accounting practices, and to determine the effectiveness of agency programs, policies, and procedures; and

    (4) to provide for more accountability with the use of taxpayer money.

    SEC. 3. MULTILINGUAL SERVICES ACCOUNTING INFORMATION REQUIREMENT.

    (a) Multilingual Services Accounting Information- Chapter 9 of title 31, United States Code, is amended--

    (1) in section 902(a)(6)--

    (A) by striking `and' at the end of subparagraph (D);

    (B) by redesignating subparagraph (E) as subparagraph (F); and

    (C) by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following:

    `(E) effective for each of the fiscal years beginning on or after October 1, 2010, the multilingual services accounting information of the agency for such fiscal year in accordance with the guidance issued under section 3517 of this title and the procedures of OMB Circular No. A-11, part 6 (as in effect on the date of the enactment of this subparagraph) and OMB Circular No. A-136 (as in effect on the date of the enactment of this subparagraph); and'; and

    (2) by adding at the end the following:

    `Sec. 904. Definitions.

    `In this chapter--

    `(1) the term `multilingual services' includes--

    `(A) the services provided by interpreters hired by an agency;

    `(B) the services provided by an agency associated with assisting agency employees or contractors learn a language other than English that result in additional expenses, wages, or salaries, or changes to expenses, wages, or salaries, for the agency or agency employees or contractors;

    `(C) agency preparation, translation, printing, or recordation of documents, records, websites, brochures, pamphlets, flyers, or other materials in a language other than English;

    `(D) the services provided or performed for the Federal Government by agency employees or contractors that require speaking a language other than English that result in wage differentials or benefits provided by the agency; and

    `(E) any other services provided or performed by an agency which utilize languages other than English and that incur additional costs to the agency; and

    `(2) the term `multilingual services accounting information' means any accounting information related to multilingual services.'.

    (b) Conforming Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 9 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding after the item relating to section 903 the following:

    `904. Definitions.'.

    SEC. 4. MULTILINGUAL SERVICES EXPENSES REPORT.

    (a) Multilingual Services Expenses Report- Subchapter II of chapter 35 of title 31, United States Code is amended--

    (1) in section 3512(a)(2)--

    (A) by striking `and' at the end of subparagraph (E);

    (B) by redesignating subparagraph (F) as subparagraph (G); and

    (C) by adding after subparagraph (E) the following:

    `(F) effective for the first full calendar year beginning after December 31, 2010, and for each calendar year thereafter, a Multilingual Services Expenses Report, which shall include--

    `(i) a summary and analysis of the multilingual services accounting information (as defined in section 904 of this title) prepared by each agency Chief Financial Officer under section 902(a)(6)(E) of this title;

    `(ii) a description of any changes to the existing financial management structure of the Federal Government needed to establish an integrated individual agency accounting of all multilingual services (as defined in section 904 of this title) conducted by each agency; and

    `(iii) any other information the Director considers appropriate to fully inform the Congress and the agency Chief Financial Officers regarding the accounting of all multilingual services provided by the Federal Government; and'; and

    (2) by adding at the end the following:

    `Sec. 3517. Multilingual Services Accounting Guidelines.

    `Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget shall issue guidance that each agency Chief Financial Officer shall follow in compiling the multilingual services accounting information required under section 902(a)(6)(E) of this title.'.

    (b) Conforming Amendment- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 35 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding after the item relating to section 3516 the following:

    `3517. Multilingual Services Accounting Guidelines.'.

    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.1414:

    Rep. Virginia Foxx represents the Fifth District of North Carolina

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    I got the information in the mail from them about it. I put my 2 cents worth in to my Congressman's office this morning about co-sponsoring it.

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