The Federal Government is planning on requiring all U.S. Citizens to carry a national I.D. Card, despite the opposition of many state leaders. It’s official purpose, as stated in Sec. 201, “includes but is not limited to accessing Federal facilities, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, entering nuclear power plants, and any other purposes that the Secretary shall determine.” Secretary being the Secretary of Homeland Security.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that implementing H.R. 418 would cost about $100 million over the 2005-2010 period. This will impose severe budget strains on state, local, and some tribal governments that will exceed the annual threshold established in UMRA ($62 million in 2005, adjusted annually for inflation) in at least one year during this period.

The Real ID Act of 2005 (Contained in P.L. 109-13)

Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008 at 4:12 am.
Categories: Politics.

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