Dems plan overhaul of Real ID

United Press International – Security & Terrorism – Analysis: Dems plan overhaul of Real ID

“Given the shortsightedness of the law (the Department of Homeland Security) was given by Congress, it may be the case that a complete replacement of the Real ID Act is necessary,” said Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, adding he was looking to the department to fix many of the problems in its regulations. “However, if our personal privacy is not protected and the burden placed on states is too great, a legislative change to Real ID may prove necessary.”

Akaka will be chairman next year of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the relationship between federal and state governments. He is one of a number of senators from both parties who opposed the law last year, but were forced to accept it by a parliamentary maneuver.

The Real ID Act was incorporated into a must-pass supplemental appropriations law in 2005 as the price exacted by outgoing House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and other House conservatives, for allowing the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act to pass.

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