they're talking about secure ID instead of passports now. Here's a snip from today's Arizona Republic:
Republic Washington Bureau
Jan. 18, 2006 12:00 AM
WASHINGTON - A new federal ID card that may be used like a passport will be available by the end of the year, making it easier to follow a new law requiring U.S. citizens to prove their nationality at Mexican and Canadian land border crossings.
The card, the size of a driver's license, should cost about half that of a passport, officials said Tuesday.