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Ed Rendell on Homeland Security

Democratic PA Governor


Feds should fund REAL ID driver licenses, not states

The nationís governors are committed to providing secure driverís licenses and identification cards for their citizens. Consequently we ask for a commitment to REAL ID by providing $1 billion this year for states for their upfront costs and committing to cover ongoing state costs.

Governors supported initial legislation to enhance driverís licenses through a cooperative negotiated rulemaking. When that legislation was repealed and replaced with REAL ID, governors objected, and the Department of Homelan Security improved its draft regulations.

Governors also asked Congress to provide adequate funding to cover the cost of this new national mandate. If REAL ID is to become reality, the federal government must provide sufficient funding to cover statesí cost and preserve flexibility for states to manage their unique systems. State compliance with REAL ID regulations will cost states nearly $4 billion over the next ten years. To date Congress has appropriated only $90 million for REAL ID.

Source: Letter from two governors to President Bush , Mar 20, 2008

Other governors on Homeland Security: Ed Rendell on other issues:
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Tom Corbett
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Bob Casey
Pat Toomey

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