Representative Bennie Thompson sent correspondence to then DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff the day before Real ID Act regulations were announced to national press. Please read his eye opening letter ; which confirms current objections to the Real ID Act were present among lawmakers before the release of its regulations.
The bottom lines of his letter were profoundly clarifying where expenses are applied to the American people over Real ID.
"The Department has spent close to $300 million on programs that have been discontinued because of the failure to adhere to privacy rules and regulations. It is crucial that the Department take the necessary safeguards to ensure REAL ID does not become the next cancelled program.""In sum, this measure may not serve to make our nation safter."- House Homeland Security Chairman, Bennie Thompson