More on Real ID Act

By David
February 15, 2005

Declan McCullagh has a new article about the Real ID Act, which (as we reported here) easily passed the House of Representatives last week.

Among other things, Declan reports on the opposition to the bill by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), one of “eight Republicans to object to the measure.” Declan also addresses the legislation’s chances in the U.S. Senate:

[…] Now the Real ID Act heads to the Senate, where its future is less certain. Senate rules make it easier for politicians to derail legislation, and an aide said Friday that Sen. Patrick Leahy, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, was concerned about portions of the bill.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on a terrorism subcommittee, said “I basically support the thrust of the bill” in an e-mail to CNET on Friday. “The federal government should have the ability to issue standards that all driver’s licenses and identification documents should meet […]”

Also, today, the NY Times published an editorial urging the Senate to “defeat” the act.