Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is continuing his work to make government services accessible in more languages.
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs passed Sen. Ossoff’s Federal Grants Language Accessibility Act within a larger bipartisan package to improve access to Federal resources for individuals whose first language is not English.
Individuals and organizations who serve certain communities in Georgia often struggle to access Federal resources, including grants and other funding sources, due to the lack of information in languages other than English.
Sen. Ossoff’s Federal Grants Language Accessibility Act will instruct the Office of Management and Budget to make the Federal grant process more accessible for non-English speakers.
“I’m expanding access to Federal grants for immigrant communities by ensuring non-English speakers have equal opportunity to apply for Federal resources that support families and businesses in Georgia,” Sen. Ossoff said.
Sen. Ossoff continues championing efforts to make government services accessible in more languages for Georgians facing language barriers.
Last year, Sen. Ossoff urged Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director, Rohit Chopra, to protect Georgians from scams when sending money abroad by boosting public awareness about common scams targeting non-English speakers.
Sen. Ossoff led a group of 19 Senators urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to direct Federal agencies to update their Language Access Plans, helping ensure people whose primary language is not English can access critical information and resources in their preferred language.
Georgia is home to more than twenty diverse language communities, with Korean, Hindi, and Spanish among the most spoken at home by Georgians whose first language is not English.