Bilingual federal government employees would receive pay raise with new bill

The “One America, Many Voices Act,” also called the Bilingual Pay Bill (HR 4832) and introduced by Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA), would provide federal government employees fluent in more than one language a five per cent pay increase, the Washington Post reports.

Honda, who is chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, argues that national security demands a corps of professionals who are proficient in such critical languages as Chinese, Arabic, Urdu, Russian and Hindi.