Rep. Darrell Issa has asked the State Department to “crank up” processing of passport applications as soon as San Diegan resumes overseas travel.
In a letter to Foreign Minister Antony Blinken, Issa urged the State Department to âincrease resources by resuming full staffing, adding additional hours of service and operations to support customers and provide the necessary support and resources to relieve overburdened staff and to remove the residue â. of 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 back on the road and resumption of travel is essential to our national economic recovery,” Issa wrote in the June 18 letter. “The reaction of the federal government to the growing backlog of US passport applications is unfortunately indifferent at best.”
Issa, who represents the 50th district in east San Diego County, said voters are grateful for the work the passport processing staff have done, but more help is needed immediately.
“Only the federal government can fix this problem immediately to restore international travel,” he wrote.