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House Republicans attached the bill to a must-pass supplemental spending package for troops in Iraq without first putting it through the usual legislative scrutiny of hearings and debate. Should it emerge intact from House-Senate negotiations over the spending package, it could be law next month.
Touted as an antiterrorism measure, the ''Real ID Act" would also overturn laws in nine states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. If a state does not comply with any provision of the law, its residents would no longer be able to use their driver's licenses for federal identification purposes, such as for boarding a plane.
Originally posted by Amorymeltzer
Jah. They do this a lot. Take a bill that HAS to get passed, like a budget thing, and attach something on page 347 that is small or wouldn't get passed on it's own. People aren't likely to find it, and even if they do they're stuck passing it because they have to.
I remember when this info came out the first time. I have been a big fan of National ID cards for a while. I see no loss of privacy with only gains in ease for the government and the people of the nation. There's nothing wrong with the ID, especially if you combine it with other cards you have, then it's really useful instead of just taking up space.
Anyway, the drivers licence is still a far cry from a Nat'l ID card. All it says is "check to see if they're a bloody person before giving them a licence."
Originally posted by Jeffrey Dahmer
Just like jews didn't see any lost of privacy when IMB machines assigned them a ID number on their arms.