Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has taken pains to distance herself from President Bush, has teamed up with Sen. Hillary Clinton on legislation aimed at helping newly-arrived immigrants make the transition to life in the U.S.
Clinton said the bill invests in civics and English language education and provides incentives for businesses that help educate their non-English speaking employees.
"By investing in English language education, community support, and other important tools, this legislation will help new Americans become part of the American family," Clinton said.
The bill would increase funding for the Department of Education's family literacy program and offers tax credits to English language learners. It also creates grants for English literacy and offers tax credits to employers who provide workers with English literacy and GED training.
"This act will certainly improve the tools families have at their disposal so that they can truly succeed and incorporate themselves into the fabric of the United States," Ros-Lehtinen said.