12.18.09

Comment On Extension Of Compliance Deadline For The REAL ID Act

“I want to acknowledge and commend the very difficult decision that Secretary Napolitano has made to extend the December 31 compliance deadline for the REAL ID law.  A majority of states will not be in material compliance with the law by December 31.  As I said to Secretary Napolitano in a recent oversight hearing, enforcement of the REAL ID on December 31 could result in extreme travel problems this holiday season for every American who does not currently possess a compliant driver’s license.   

“I have always believed that the REAL ID Act, which was rushed through Congress with little debate or concern for the states, is deeply flawed.  A heavy-handed federalization of our state Departments of Motor Vehicles was never a good idea, and many Americans and lawmakers have recognized this law’s failings.  The fact is that this is little more than a national ID card.  I am encouraged that Secretary Napolitano has made this decision.   This action could have been avoided had the PASS ID Act—which is a sensible alternative to the REAL ID Act and which is supported by the nation’s governors—not been obstructed.  I know the Secretary’s decision was not an easy one, but I also know that millions of Americans traveling to see friends and family this holiday season will have one less thing to worry about.”

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