Foreign Affairs Committee Passes First Responders Passport Act of 2015November 6, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed the First Responders Passport Act of 2015, sponsored by Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA). The bill is further supported by Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), and twenty additional bipartisan cosponsors. The First Responders Passport Act of 2015, H.R. 3750, would waive passport fees for certain first responders who travel to foreign countries to aid in disaster response.
According to Issa, “Our nation’s first responders are often called upon to help foreign communities devastated by natural disasters. From emergency medical technicians to firefighters, our American response teams regularly give more than their time and expertise by personally paying the costs associated with traveling abroad. In order to reduce this burden, the First Responders Passport Act waives U.S. passport fees, including those for renewal, to ensure first responders coordinated by the U.S. Government are always at the ready to help people in need.”
The bill passed the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by unanimous vote and now awaits action on the floor of the House of Representatives.