16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger and a few other lawmakers are introducing legislation meant to cut back on the backlog of passport applications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Passport Backlog Elimination Act seeks to process the 1.5 to 2.2 million pending passport applications. Currently, routine passport service can take up to 18 weeks and expedited service can take up to 12 weeks.
Kinzinger says he has heard from hundreds of Illinois residents about it. He says that people deserve answers on the status of their applications.
The bill would require the Secretary of State of submit a plan to eliminate the passport backlog within 30 days of the legislation being signed. The plan requires a timeline that ensures a standard processing time of six to eight weeks for passport applications.
This is the second time the legislation has been introduced. Kinzinger tried it in July of 2020 as well.