House Votes Down New Social Security Card

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The House voted against an amendment that would require the government to develop a more counterfeit-resistant Social Security card. On a narrow 221-191 vote, the House killed the measure which would have been added to a new bill designed to overhaul U.S. immigration laws. A bipartisan group opposed the GOP-sponsored amendment, claiming it could lead to the imposition of a national identity card that would compile personal information on every U.S. citizen. "While I strongly support appropriate measures to curb illegal immigration in employment, I must oppose any proposals that would change the issuance or purpose of the current Social Security card without thorough examination," said Rep. Jim Bunning, R-Ky. Debate over the larger immigration bill is expected to continue for the next two days. Included in the bill: measures to stiffen penalties for illegal aliens and restrict legal immigration, along with a proposal to establish a national telephone system to let employers check the validity of an employee's social security card.