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GOP Senator calls on State Department to resume passport application processing

Added 05-28-20 10:57:02pm EST - “Republican Sen. James Lankford (Okla.) said Thursday that the State Department should continue processing passports remotely after learning its facing a huge backlog in applications.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “GOP Senator calls on State Department to resume passport application processing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Republican Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordGOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas Senate revives surveillance brawl Republicans sharply divided over timeline for reopening economy MORE (Okla.) said Thursday that the State Department should continue processing passports remotely after learning its facing a huge backlog in applications.

After the coronavirus pandemic led to widespread travel advisories, the Department paused the application process for 1.6 million Americans and stopped taking new applications on March 19.

“Today I learned that the @StateDept hasn't processed a single passport application since March 19—creating a 1.6 million backlog of applications. This is ridiculous and cannot continue,” Lankford tweeted.

Today I learned that the @StateDept hasn't processed a single passport application since March 19—creating a 1.6 million backlog of applications. This is ridiculous and cannot continue.

Lankford called the move from the State Department a “major fumble” that will “hinder our economic recovery.” He said that if other agencies have been able to continue operating remotely, they should be able to, as well. 

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