The Senate faced with huge financial deficits, thinking about loosing 200,000 AK47's, ignoring that a 21 million dolllar contracts for limo service for Homeland Security that was awarded to a very questionable company, and ignoring the fact we are arming warlords in Somalia took time from their busy schedule to vote on keeping English as the National Language. A spokesperson for the Senate said, "The American People need this and we need to look like we are doing something down here, the rest of the crap is irrevelant and this is what is really important." Some will call this pandering, I for one agree. Not sure if this happened before or after the Gay Marriage thing. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/18/AR2006051800242.html Senate Votes English as 'National Language' Bill Keeps in Place Multilingual Laws By Jonathan Weisman and Jim VandeHei Washington Post Staff Writers Friday, May 19, 2006; Page A01 After an emotional debate fraught with symbolism, the Senate yesterday voted to make English the "national language" of the United States, declaring that no one has a right to federal communications or services in a language other than English except for those already guaranteed by law. The measure, approved 63 to 34, directs the government to "preserve and enhance" the role of English, without altering current laws that require some government documents and services be provided in other languages. Opponents, however, said it could negate executive orders, regulations, civil service guidances and other multilingual ordinances not officially sanctioned by acts of Congress. That vote, considered a defeat for immigration-rights advocates, was followed last night by an important victory: By 58 to 35, the Senate killed an amendment that would have blocked eventual citizenship for future immigrants who arrive under a temporary work permit. Democrats and Republicans agreed that the amendment would have destroyed the fragile, bipartisan coalition backing the Senate bill.