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1998 Ron Paul Chapter 75

Freedom And Privacy Restoration Act

15 July 1998

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The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from Texas.

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Mr. PAUL. I ask unanimous consent to address the House for 1 minute and revise and extend.

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The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection.

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Mr. PAUL. Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to introduce the Freedom and Privacy Restoration Act, which repeals those sections of the Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996 authorizing an establishment of Federal standards for birth certificates and drivers’ licenses.

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This obscure provision, which was part of a major piece of legislation passed at the end of the 104th Congress, represents a major power grab by the Federal Government and a threat to the liberties of every American, for it would transform State driver licenses into national ID cards.

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If this scheme is not stopped, no American will be able to get a job, open a bank account, apply for Social Security or Medicare, exercise their Second Amendment rights, or even take an airplane flight until they can produce a State driver’s license that is the equivalent of conforming to Federal specifications. Under the 1996 Kennedy-Kassebaum health care reform law, Americans may be forced to present a federally approved driver’s license before consulting their doctors for medical treatment.

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My fellow colleagues, make no doubt about this, this is a national I.D. card. We don’t need it. Please join me in an effort to stop it.


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Where Ron Paul says, Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996 the words are changed in Congressional Record to Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

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