Congress passes measure budgeting $100 million for REAL ID implementation

On Friday, Congress passed H.R. 2638, a consolidated budget bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security, along with other federal agencies through March 2009. The bill grants $50,000,000 for general implementation of REAL ID, and another $50,000,000 for developing information sharing and verification capability with states to support implementation of REAL ID. Neither Senator Obama nor Senator McCain was present for the vote.