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Issa Calls for U.S. Passport Services to be Surged

June 18, 2021

Washington, DC – In a letter today to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) is calling on the Biden Administration to surge resources to meet increasingly high citizen passport demand, which has created a backlog of requests that continues to grow and impact travel plans for Americans across the country.

“Thankfully, Americans are on the move again and the resumption of travel is essential to our national economic rebound. Unfortunately, the federal government’s response to the growing backlog of U.S. passport requests is indifferent at best, and absent at worst. Our fellow citizens have every right to expect their government to meet this need. That’s why I am calling on the State Department to surge resources by resuming full staffing, adding extra hours of service and operations to assist customers, and provide the necessary support and resources to relieve overburdened staff and clear the backlog of passport requests,” Issa said.

The letter states:

“Unfortunately, State Department resources have not been restored to full pre-COVID capacity, and passport office staffing levels remain restricted, with limited appointments and fulfillment capabilities.”

The letter continues:

“My office has observed firsthand the degree to which current staff are working hard to meet need, and for that, my constituents are very grateful.  But more help is needed in this unprecedented time, and it is within your ability to bring these team members support. Only the federal government can fix this problem right away to restore international travel. We owe the American people responsive and timely essential services.”

Read the full request for action here.

Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.