Leadership Blocks Vote on Intelligence Bill
...House and Senate negotiators
said that Mr. Sensenbrenner had been equally responsible for
the decision to block a vote on the bill, which did not include
a variety of provisions he had championed to broaden the powers
of law-enforcement and immigration agencies.
They said Mr. Sensenbrenner had been
adamant that the bill include a provision to create federal standards
for drivers' licenses to prevent them from being issued to illegal
immigrants, a move widely criticized by civil liberties groups
as a step toward a national identification card.
"Regrettably, the Senate thus far has been hellbent on ensuring
illegal aliens can receive drivers' licenses, regardless of the
security concerns," Mr. Sensenbrenner said in a statement.