03.04.11

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Delayed Implementation Of The REAL ID Act

“I appreciate Secretary Napolitano’s intention to delay implementation of the Real ID Act until at least January 2013.  I have made no secret of my disagreement with this policy, which was rushed through Congress with little debate or consideration.  This law has saddled the states with enormous costs and burdened citizens with the prospect of what effectively would be a national identification card. 

“When so many states are struggling with extremely difficult budget choices, the last thing they need is to think about how to pay for this unfunded federal mandate.  I expect that the delay announced by Secretary Napolitano will come as welcome news to many governors, legislatures and citizens.  The action Secretary Napolitano suggests will allow states to focus on the more immediate needs of their citizens.  It also will allow Congress more time to continue working toward a practical, sensible and manageable alternative.” 

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