Rep. Darrell Issa has called on the State Department to immediately “restart” the processing of passport applications as the San Diego people resume their overseas travel.
In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Issa urged the State Department to “increase resources by resuming full strength, adding additional service and operating hours to assist customers, and providing the support and resources needed to relieve overburdened staff and eliminate the backlog. passport applications.
The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 2.02 million passengers at U.S. airports on Friday, the highest number since March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic reduced travel demand.
“Fortunately, Americans are on the move again and the resumption of travel is critical to our national economic rebound,” Issa wrote in the June 18 letter. “Unfortunately, the federal government’s response to the growing backlog of US passport applications is indifferent at best.”
Issa, who represents the 50th District in Eastern County of San Diego, said his constituents were grateful for the work of the passport processing staff, but more help was needed immediately.
“Only the federal government can solve this problem immediately to restore international travel,” he wrote.