Defeat Attempt to Create National Identification System
D.C. -- Last night, House Democrats defeated a controversial Republican
bill (H.R. 2359) that would have created a national identification
defeated a Republican attempt to expand a flawed verification program,"
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said. "Creating a national
identification system would be contrary to our nations principles
and our civil liberties. It would be unnecessarily intrusive on
The bill would
have expanded a pilot program that currently operates in six states
into a national verification program. The measure was met with strong
opposition by groups such as Americans for Tax Reform, the American
Conservative Union, and the National Immigration Law Center. The
groups cited privacy and accuracy problems in the pilot program
as reasons for opposing the bill.
nationwide, the pilot program being used in Texas, California, Florida,
Illinois, Nebraska and New York would create a single database with
no privacy protections that would make it easy for the government
to track its own citizens," said Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas).
"This bill comes dangerously close to threatening the privacy
of the Americans and non-Americans alike."