Before you google H.R.997, let me tell you what the Mrs Fields clone has to do with a piece of legislation introduced to the House of Representatives.
I was introduced to the Honorable Virginia Foxx from North Carolina's 5th District. when I looked into the claims being made about bill H.R.861 which was introduced by Congressman Matt Gaetz, (https://www.congress.gov/member/matt-gaetz/G000578
https://gaetz.house.gov). H.R.861 is a bill introduced to eliminate the EPA. Fact.
I wanted to know which members of congress are listed as co-ponsors. Rep. Massie, Thomas [R-KY-4] Rep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4], Rep. Loudermilk, Barry [R-GA-11], Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3], Rep. Williams, Roger [R-TX-25], Rep. Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2], (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/861/cosponsors)
Only as reference, I looked official web site for Representative Thomas Massie, I looked at bills he and others co-sponsored, one piece of legislation I looked at is H.R.997. Here is a copy of the text on the official government webpage (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/997)
Shown Here: Introduced in House (02/09/2017)
English Language Unity Act of 2017
This bilil establishes English as the official language of the United States.
Naturalization ceremonies and official functions of the U.S. government, subject to exceptions, must be conducted in English.
The bill declares that all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of U.S. laws.
A person injured by a violation of this bill may obtain relief, including a declaratory judgment, in a civil action.
English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, shall be presumptively consistent with U.S. laws. Any ambiguity in U.S. laws shall be resolved in accordance with the rights retained by the people and the powers reserved to states under the Bill of Rights.
The Department of Homeland Security shall issue a proposed rule for uniform testing of the English language ability of candidates for naturalization based upon the principles that: (1) all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the United States; and (2) any exceptions to this standard should be limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as asylum.
I'm more than a little surprised that this bill has 24 co-sponsors, so, I wanted to know who exactly were the elected officials representing our values as a country. Virginia Foxx is one of the co-sponsors
Here are facts about Rep. Foxx. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004, she won with 59% of the vote. (http://foxx.house.gov/biography/welcome.htm)
The 12 years between 2004 and 2016 Representative Foxx with Sponsored or Co-Sponosred 1,392 bills. A way to remember the grandmotherly Foxx is to think of Pie. No, not that Pie, better to think of Pi. Roughly every 3.14 days, Representative Foxx signed legislation effecting millions and millions of people.
Here are a few positions Rep. Foxx has taken over the years: