Jewish members of the House of Representatives divided 25-1 on Thursday, Feb.
10, against a measure to require proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent
residency for anyone applying for a driver's license anywhere in the country.
Nevertheless, the legislation by House Judiciary Committee Chairman. F. James
Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) was adopted on a 261-161 vote.
The lone Jewish Congressman voting for the measure was Rep. Eric
Cantor (R-Vir.) The 25 Jewish members in opposition all were
Democrats, except Independent Bernie
Sanders of Vermont. Dubbed the "Real ID bill," the measure
requires drivers licenses issued by the states to include a digital photo,
anti-counterfeiting technology and be readable by machine. Supporters said that
verifiable identification was necessary to combat terrorists, whereas opponents
contended the measure potentially was the first step on a path leading toward
requiring U.S. citizens to carry an internal passport.
Supported by President George W. Bush, the proposed legislation now goes to the
U.S. Senate for consideration.
The 24 Jewish Democrats who voted against the measure, by state, were:
Wasserman Schultz, Robert