House Votes to Set Standards for Driver’s Licenses to Thwart Terrorists
Ryan Cosponsored Measure to Target Terrorist Travel
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives today approved H.R. 418, the REAL ID Act – legislation cosponsored by First District Congressman Paul Ryan and introduced by a fellow Wisconsin representative, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, that targets terrorists’ ability to travel in the United States and increases homeland security. Ryan voted for this legislation, which passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 261-161.
“The terrorists who attacked us on 9-11 used driver’s licenses from five different states and took advantage of holes in our system that allowed them to travel easily within our borders. It makes sense to set basic standards for licenses or ID cards that could be accepted for boarding planes. It’s also common sense to update our laws so we aren’t letting potential terrorists or those who aid terrorists operate within our borders,” Ryan said.
Major components of H.R. 418 include the following: