DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Darrell E. Issa
Sent By:
chelsea.cuellar@mail.house.gov

Date: 4/7/2017

Dear Colleague:

I invite you to be an original cosponsor of the First Responders Passport Act of 2017, which would waive the passport fee for certain first responders who may travel to a foreign country to aid in natural
disaster response effort.

America’s first responders are often called to assist foreign communities devastated by natural disasters, such as tsunamis and earthquakes like in Haiti and Nepal.  From emergency medical technicians to firefighters, our first responders can be activated
by USAID or volunteer to travel abroad, often paying for the travel on their own to assist others in need.  In an effort to reduce the barriers to their selfless service, the First Responders bill waives U.S. passport fees, including passport renewals,
to ensure certain certified first responders are ready to respond when needed.

In conjunction with Reps. Comstock (R-VA) and Boyle (D-PA), the bill will be reintroduced at the end of the month.  Last Congress, the bill passed out of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the House floor without opposition.  CBO stated associated costs would
be negligible.

For more information or to cosponsor, please contact Chelsea Cuellar in my office at chelsea.cuellar@mail.house.gov.  Deadline to be an original cosponsor is Tuesday 25 April at noon.