The UK government’s national identity card project was rudely interupted by the general election.

No so in the United States, where a bill that would mandate federal minimum standards for state Identity documents — creating a de facto national ID card — has been quietly winding its way through Congress.

The Senate is due to vote on the Real ID Act today, and opposition is gathering on the Net.

Update: Security expert Bruce Schneier weighs in with some arguements that opponants of the UK ID card scheme might find interesting, too.