July 26, 2007
Filed under Security & Surveillance
Today the Senate voted to kill an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill that would have provided $300 million in funding for REAL ID. CDT applauds the Senate for this significant vote. In a letter sent to key Senators this week, CDT called on Congress to rectify the serious privacy and security holes in REAL ID before it even considers funding the measure. Today's vote represents the first time the Senate has voted up or down on REAL ID specifically. When the Act was initially passed in 2005, it was attached to a must-pass war and hurricane relief bill; and last month the REAL ID requirement for employment verification was buried in the massive immigration bill.