U.S. may halt passport rules

The Bush administration is expected to suspend new passport rules today amid a backlash from increasingly angry Americans whose summer vacations are threatened by a backlog in processing the travel documents. Full Story
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D from Texas

New Orleans, LA

#1 Jun 8, 2007
People have known about this going into effect for a very long time. It shouldn't be the governments fault that people wait until the last minute to apply for a passport.
paul

Carson, CA

#2 Jun 8, 2007
People really need to look and think about what is going on in this country. Hundreds of miles-if not a thousand plus go unprotected and big brother wants a piece of paper. Come on. National values, priorities and attitudes need to change. Almost makes me glad I am over the hill.

MDW

Since: Mar 07

Akron, OH

#3 Jun 8, 2007
D from Texas wrote:
People have known about this going into effect for a very long time. It shouldn't be the governments fault that people wait until the last minute to apply for a passport.
3 months in advance is hardly what I'd consider "last minute".

If the State department could keep to the timelines they give to applicants I don't think there'd be a problem. However, people are told it will take 8-10 weeks to get a passport and end up having to wait 12 or 14.

Until the gov't can staff up its processing centers for the workflow, this is a good compromise.
an observer

Columbus, OH

#4 Jun 8, 2007
I really am having trouble sympathizing with folks who can afford to vacation in Cancun, especially when working people are being ravaged by paying for gasoline to just take care of everyday necessities.
Passport Helper

Stow, OH

#5 Jun 8, 2007
an observer wrote:
I really am having trouble sympathizing with folks who can afford to vacation in Cancun, especially when working people are being ravaged by paying for gasoline to just take care of everyday necessities.


Give me a break....Nobody wants your sympathy. I work just as hard as the next person and if I save my money and choose to spend it on a trip to Cancun thats my perogative. I just want to be able to be able to take the trip that I paid for. I don't see why I should feel bad for saving my hard earned money and taking a vacation. I'm not asking you or the government to pay for it, so chill out with your no sympathy claims

MDW

Since: Mar 07

Akron, OH

#6 Jun 8, 2007
They've already updated the voice message on the front of the helpline indicating the lessend requirements.
Steve D

Alto, NM

#7 Jun 8, 2007
Well, maybe people shouldn't have procrastinated. Get it done early when you know you are going out of the country soon. Even if you take care of this a year ahead of time, everyone knew this was coming. We got ours taken care of 6 months ahead of time and we received our passports 4 months before we are to go on vacation. 8 weeks to receive them. No worries there! We're set!
Steve D

Alto, NM

#8 Jun 8, 2007
Passport Helper wrote:
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Give me a break....Nobody wants your sympathy. I work just as hard as the next person and if I save my money and choose to spend it on a trip to Cancun thats my perogative. I just want to be able to be able to take the trip that I paid for. I don't see why I should feel bad for saving my hard earned money and taking a vacation. I'm not asking you or the government to pay for it, so chill out with your no sympathy claims
Same here! We've been saving up or a year and we're going to San Diego and Las Vegas in July, and all in the span of 8 days and we're going to see all kinds of places in those cities. If you save up for something, cut your spending elsewhere, you'd be surprised what you can accomplish.

Since: Jun 07

Cedar Rapids, IA

#9 Jun 8, 2007
an observer wrote:
I really am having trouble sympathizing with folks who can afford to vacation in Cancun, especially when working people are being ravaged by paying for gasoline to just take care of everyday necessities.
Waaaahhhh...seriously.
You think these people just decided one day to go on an expensive trip & left the next day? NO, they DIDN'T.

From my experience, we've had to save for MONTHS & WORKED to get a nice trip - so maybe instead of crabbing, you could actually WORK towards a nice trip instead of being bitter about it?
bobbi

West Salem, OH

#10 Jun 8, 2007
an observer wrote:
I really am having trouble sympathizing with folks who can afford to vacation in Cancun, especially when working people are being ravaged by paying for gasoline to just take care of everyday necessities.

anyone can afford a nice vacation. your budget will dicate your vacationing limits. you can tent camp/ w your family at a local park for little cash, or you can go to Cancun w/ money. it's called savings, and living on a budget with goals for the future.
Tekari

Girard, OH

#11 Jun 8, 2007
I hardly think applying four or five months in advance is procrasinating. I know people that are still waiting for their documents after four months. Especially considering people like me who actually did procrastinate and applied for a passport only eight weeks before leaving the country recieved documents in time only three years ago. I am impressed by those who actually plan their trips months in advance rather than just deciding to go when they see cheap airfare.
Making History

Avon Lake, OH

#12 Jun 8, 2007
If it's going to take 3-6 months to get it, then that is what they should advertise.

Since: Jun 07

Cedar Rapids, IA

#13 Jun 8, 2007
Making History wrote:
If it's going to take 3-6 months to get it, then that is what they should advertise.
I think that's the main argument here - don't tell people 10 weeks then act confused when 12 weeks later they still don't have them.
In Indy

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jun 8, 2007
I applied 3 months in advance. I called as directed when my trip was approaching and I still had not received my passport. I e-mailed a request to have my passport expedited as told to do so. I followed ALL the rules and still did not my get my passport in the 8-10 weeks as promised. I had to cancel and reschedule my vacation flight and ended up spending 1500.00 more becuase the passport agency could not meet the demand caused by a law that they implemented. I'm happy for those of you who will still be able to take your scheduled trips but please do not blame those of us who did what we were told and still had troubles with the new passport law. It's hard enough to accept having to spend 1500.00 more dollars then anticipated to reschedule a flight, I do not appreciated some the comments above suggesting it was my fault.
Conditional Waiver

Cleveland, OH

#15 Jun 8, 2007
From MSNBC.Com

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration suspended on Friday some of its new, post-Sept. 11, 2001, requirements for flying abroad, hoping to placate Congress and irate summer travelers whose vacations have been disrupted by delays in processing passports.

The proposal would waive temporarily a requirement that U.S. passports be used for citizens flying to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. The suspension would affect only those who already have applied for passports.
Class of 68

Carol Stream, IL

#16 Jun 8, 2007
Our government put a program into place which then created a situation that they could not handle. Wow - big surprise, folks! Hardly the first time THAT has happened.

The sad part is, this rule relaxation did not come about because of complaints from us, the constituents. It came about because all of our Congresspeople were innundated with requests for help until THEY became annoyed. All those ringing phones! All those crabby people! SUCH an irritation to them until THEY had to have relief from YOU.
Wondering

United States

#17 Jun 8, 2007
With border security being so important,why arent the problem areas done by seperate bills dealing with each aspect of it?Like a bill for border security.It would simplify much now and in the future.
CT H

Louisburg, NC

#18 Jun 8, 2007
You wouldn't like my comments.
CT H

Louisburg, NC

#19 Jun 8, 2007
Why not accept our old passport.
Lori

Howell, MI

#20 Jun 8, 2007
Making History wrote:
If it's going to take 3-6 months to get it, then that is what they should advertise.
Amen!!

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