Senator Ossoff works to make government services available in more languages

washington d.c. — US Senator Jon Ossoff is working to make government services available in more languages.

Today, Senator Ossoff led a group of 19 senators calling on United States Attorney General Merrick Garland to order federal agencies to update their language access plans to ensure that people whose primary language is not English can access essential information and resources in their preferred language.

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Ed Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tina Smith (D-MN), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) signed Senator Ossoff’s letter.

“Language barriers can impact access to vital services and information related to education, the legal system, healthcare, housing, etc.” Senator Ossoff and group wrote. “We ask that you issue a memorandum directing federal agencies to update their language access plans to meet current needs.”

These language plans, some of which have not been updated for nearly a decade, would prompt agencies to update their websites to include language support services and boost the distribution of translated materials.

A recent report found that over 67 million households spoke a language other than English at home.

Click here to read the letter.

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Ashley C. Reynolds