The Real ID Act of 2005. Have you heard of it? The likely answer is no. It rode it's way through congress on the back side
of an emergency spending bill for the war on terror and tsunami relief with little debate (none in the senate). It does
not even appear in the bill's title. It does not even appear in the bill's mission statement:
Making Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, for the fiscal
year ending September 30, 2005, and for other purposes."
(It's way near the bottom of the Full Text. Shortcut for most browsers: hold down the Ctrl key and hit F (ctrl+f) type in:
real id act)
[Link to official version at the THOMAS branch of the library of congress on the left side]
The "other purposes" are called the Real ID Act of 2005.
It's coming fast. It's late in the game. In Virginia we have less than 30 days to pass anti-Real ID legislation for this
year. If you don't know anything about this issue you should read about it and make up your mind fast.
17 other states have rejected Real ID, and 22 more have introduced legislation in an attempt to do the same. Virginia is right now trying to join the 22 in introducing legislation. Numerous groups from all over the political, professional, and religious spectrum oppose Real ID. The problem is that not enough people know about it, and it is sliding right in behind
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