Passports Cause Delay

9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago June 14, 2007 Jun 14, 2007 Thursday, June 14 2007 Thursday, June 14, 2007 1:38:10 PM CDT in News
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SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A national backlog for new passports may scuttle plans by a prize-winning Springfield equestrian drill team to train with Olympic coaches in England. If passports don't arrive by Friday, two riders, parent chaperones and the director of the EasyRiders team will be left behind. The office of U.S. Senator Kit Bond said passport delays are a nationwide problem. The crux is a new law requiring U.S. citizens to have a passport to fly to Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean. A flood of applications has slowed down processing. The EasyRiders Precision Drill Team applied for passports more than three months ago. It typically takes 10 to 12 weeks to process a passport application, but it is now taking as long as 16 weeks. The EasyRiders have even turned to their elected representatives for help through what's called a congressional expedite. A member of the House or Senate can ask for priority for a constituent's application.

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