Rep. Pitts supports bill to finish job of 9/11 Commission
January 26, 2005
Washington -Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) made good on a promise today, joining with House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R, WI-05) to introduce the Real ID Act. The bill, written by Mr. Sensenbrenner, contains terrorist travel provisions that were dropped from legislation enacted last month that addresses the work of the 9/11 Commission.
"Last year, the President signed an incomplete intelligence reform bill," said Congressman Pitts. "I voted against it because in a time of war it is wrong to leave a job this important unfinished. This bill finishes the job and makes us safer."
The House and Senate passed competing versions of this legislation last year. Negotiations stalled over two main sticking points: ability of illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses and abuse of asylum laws by terrorists. The House bill addressed these issues; the Senate bill did not. The conference report deferred to the Senate position and the final version passed without these important provisions of the 9/11 Commission Report.