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BTC –  In a legislative recalculation, a proposal to retroactively defund appropriations for the Real ID hubs did not pass as previously anticipated, according to Jim Harper at the Cato Institute.
The defunding proposal was expected to pass as part of an annual budget bill drafted by Democrats before the 112th session commenced.  In an effort to fight overall budget expenditures, Republicans worked instead to pass a temporary spending measure over a year long budget.
Congress is expected to resume discussion of the annual budget in March.

Congressman Sestak supports passage of H.R. 2892, the Homeland Security Appropriations Act and supports local homeland defense projects in district

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2010 today after the House and Senate reconciled differences in their versions of the bills. Included in the bill was $500,000 for Upper Darby Township Police Department’s 2009 Public Safety Building Restoration Project, an appropriation submitted by Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-07) to improve emergency response and coordination in the township.


REAL ID: $60 million, $40 million below 2009, to help states comply with REAL ID, which requires state driver’s licenses to meet new standards in order to be used for federal identification purposes. Of this total, $50 million is for the driver’s license security grant program, the same as 2009, and $10 million is for REAL ID hub development.

By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
FederalNewsRadio

The Homeland Security Department is pushing back the deadline by six weeks for states to request an extension to comply with the REAL ID program.

DHS in its January 2008 final rule set an Oct. 11, 2009 target for states request extra time. States now have until Dec. 1 to request more time to comply with the law.

“All states timely filed the required request for extensions and were granted an extension of the compliance date,” DHS states in a Federal Register notice issued today. “DHS has determined that additional time is warranted for states to submit a request for an additional extension.”

States that do not request an extension still must meet the Jan. 1, 2010 deadline to begin issuing driver’s licenses or other identification cards to issue documents, driver’s licenses or other identification cards that meet the security requirements outlined in the REAL ID Act of 2005.

Congress is considering legislation to change REAL ID to PASS ID, which would reduce the cost and to states. The National Governors Association and others have estimated implementing REAL ID could cost as much as $4 billion.

The Senate’s version of the law passed the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, but the House legislation has not gotten out of the Homeland Security Committee.

PASS ID would:

  • Amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to prohibit agencies from accepting state-issued driver’s licenses and personal identification cards unless the state issues such licenses and cards that are materially compliant with the minimum standards of this act;
  • Prohibit persons from being denied boarding a commercial aircraft solely because of failure to present a driver’s license or identification card issued pursuant to this act;
  • Specify a minimum document requirements and issuance standards for such licenses and cards;
  • Direct the DHS secretary to enter into the appropriate aviation security screening database information on persons who have been convicted of using a false driver’s license at an airport; and to establish a state-to-state one driver, one license demonstration program;
  • Establish a State Driver’s License Enhancement Grant Program;
  • Make it unlawful for a person knowingly and without lawful authority to copy or resell information from a driver’s license or identification card.