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Yarmuth Supports Legislation to Expedite Passport Process

(Washington, D.C.)  Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) backed legislation in the House of Representatives to ease the backlog that has made it difficult for Americans to receive passports.  The legislation was unanimously approved by the House on a voice vote.

“We have heard from countless Louisvillians who have missed vacations and business trips or waited months just to receive a passport,” Congressman Yarmuth said.  “This common sense legislation will make it easier for the State Department to process applications and send travelers on their way.”

Passport requests skyrocketed following the implementation of a new law requiring Americans traveling by air to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda to hold a passport. The increase has resulted in significant delays with many waiting months to receive a passport.

The Passport Backlog Reduction Act gives the State Department the authority to hire retired former staffers who are trained and authorized to process passport applications. Current law denies retirement benefits to these retirees if they exceed strict wages earned and hours worked caps. The legislation approved by the House waives these requirements and makes it possible for the retired workers to return to work and help ease the passport shortage.

“Americans shouldn’t let red tape delay or derail their vacation plans,” Yarmuth added.  “My office will continue to do everything possible to ensure Louisville residents receive their passports in a timely fashion, and the legislation we passed today will help us in that task.

Yarmuth’s office has already assisted a number of residents who have had difficulty obtaining a passport. Any resident of the Third Congressional District needing assistance with a delayed passport application is invited to contact Yarmuth’s office at (502) 582-5129.