U.S. may halt passport rules

U.S. may halt passport rules

There are 26 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jun 8, 2007, titled U.S. may halt passport rules. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

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.

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Canton, OH

#21 Jun 8, 2007
I bet this process would be faster if we outsource to India or China.

Since: Jun 07

Cedar Rapids, IA

#22 Jun 8, 2007
Hahahahaha...not. :P

Miami Beach, FL

#23 Jun 8, 2007
ramon wrote:
I bet this process would be faster if we outsource to India or China.
I think they may outsource some of their customer service to India! Seriously. I had to call numerous times, and this one person that answered, I could NOT understand. Mind you, you have to wait on hold for a half hour before you can even talk to someone (that is IF you can get through), so I ended up asking her if I could talk to her supervisor. I didn't mean to be mean, but I honestly couldn't understand her.
Elvis Orbison


#24 Jun 8, 2007
A passport to enter/exit Canada is ridiculous. There's no need for it...and never has been. Americans have crossed over to Canada and vice versa for years without passports.

Kailua Kona, HI

#25 Jun 11, 2007
In Indy wrote:

"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."

Since when do the Passport Agencies have the power to implement laws? They create documents. In fact, the change in law that is causing the backup was implemented by our Congress. The same people that we are calling for help and so who are now begging to take the decision back that they mandated. So who should we be upset with?

Herndon, VA

#26 Jun 12, 2007
Class of 68 wrote:
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.
I was thinking the exact same thing! They set up their customer service lines to put people on hold forever and/or to disconnect. Why? Because no one wanted to deal with the irritated public. The Government knew that the system wasn't working...that people were mad...but as long as they could go about their business, no one cared.

But, people were smart enough to get around that red tape and go right to their Representative. They got call....after call....after call.... and finally realized that they were going to have to deal with each and every p!ssed off person who waited the 12 weeks as promised, and still didn't have their passport. Thus, the change.

You gotta love our government. I make promises, you vote for me, I get elected, I enact my own agenda (or that of my polictical party), and I don't ever want to hear from you again. Lovely.

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