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Vermont delegation sends letter about passport delays

Vermont’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. State Department to direct sufficient...
Vermont’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. State Department to direct sufficient resources to work through a backlog of requests for passports and renewals.(KKTV)
Published: Jul. 27, 2021 at 3:17 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s congressional delegation is asking the U.S. State Department to direct sufficient resources to work through a backlog of requests for passports and renewals.

U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch wrote in a letter Tuesday that their offices have heard from hundreds of Vermonters in recent months asking for help to go on school trips, reunite with loved ones and attend to urgent family matters.

This month the State Department reported a backlog of 1.5 million requests nationwide and said that the wait for a passport is between 12 weeks and 18 weeks.

The delay is because of ripple effects from the coronavirus pandemic.

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