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Murray Defends Stance on "Official" Language

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Washington's two Democratic Senators are fighting Republican efforts to make English the nation's official language.

This is a very complicated issue.

Senators Cantwell and Murray each voted to make English the national language, but not the official language.

Murray says if they make english the "official" language, versus just the national language, it would create many problems, like not being able to put translations on election ballots or other federal documents.

"We believe that english is our national language, it's our uniting language really but, for purposes of things like translators in hospitals, federal documents, things like that, we really need to have them in more than one language," said Alex Glass, Murray's Communications Director.

She said it would be a disaster if doctors couldn't communicate with non-english speaking patients.

Senator Cantwell also voted "no," but didn't return calls today to defend her stance.