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VOTE FOR CRAVAACK AMENDMENT TO START APPROX. 5 PM

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The House has wrapped up debate on amendments to the 2012 DHS spending bill. Call your House Rep. NOW at (202) 224-3121 and urge a YES vote on the CRAVAACK AMENDMENT. Rep. Cravaack's amendment ensures that funding from the DHS spending bill complies with current federal law requiring the detention of illegal aliens who have committed violent crimes.

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Sen. Grassley and Rep. Smith Say REAL ID Delay Endangers American Lives

Sen. Grassley & Rep. Smith

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep Lamar Smith (R-Texas) have sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano criticizing her decision to delay the implementation of REAL ID by 20 months. States were supposed to be REAL ID compliant by May of this year, but the deadline has been extended to January 15, 2013.

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Napolitano Faces More Friendly Senate Committee, But Still Fields Tough Questions on Border Security and Amnesty Memos

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  by  Jonathan Osborne

After facing a more hostile House Committee last week, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the more friendly confines of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Even though the Democratic-controlled Committee allowed Napolitano to be less defensive, she still faced tough questions about border security and the amnesty memos that circulated last summer.

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Senate Committee Passes PASS ID

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the PASS ID Act earlier today through a voice vote. The bill would replace the 2005 REAL ID bill, which many state and federal officials say is too expensive to adhere to. PASS ID, however, would reduce many of the safety precautions included in REAL ID as recommended by the 9/11 Commission.

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Hill worries PASS ID bill would weaken security of driver's licenses

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Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee expressed concern during a hearing on Wednesday that new regulations for government-issued identification cards could make it easier for terrorists and criminals to obtain fraudulent identification documents.

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Missouri lawmakers vote to reject federal Real ID Act

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"Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday voted to direct the Department of Revenue to not comply with federal driver’s license requirements.

The federal Real ID Act, passed in 2005, requires states to collect and verify certain information about applicants for driver’s licenses and state ID cards. It was passed in response to national security concerns after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But some Missouri lawmakers argue Real ID is an unwelcome intrusion into privacy and requires several new technologies that could increase the risk of identity theft...."