WASHINGTON, D.C. - Last week, Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03), alongside over 200 of his colleagues in the House, sent a letter urging Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to improve constituent services and prioritize the ongoing passport processing backlog.
Congressman Taylor said, "As passport processing times have drastically increased due to coronavirus pandemic backlogs, I’ve listened to countless stories of hardship from my constituents. From missing long-awaited weddings and family reunions, to needing to postpone important business travel, Americans are experiencing never before seen delays. In an effort to ensure North Texans have access to the passport resources they need, want, and deserve, I will continue to advocate for the State Department to reduce passport processing times until the issue is fully resolved."
Specifically, the letter calls for the U.S. Department of State to expedite plans to increase the number of staff working in passport offices, increase the availability of walk-in appointments at passport processing centers, and increase capacity at customer call centers. Americans are currently facing delays of up to 18 weeks for routine processing and 12 weeks for expedited processing - more than doubling pre-pandemic wait times.
The complete text of the letter can be viewed here.