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 this Wednesday, 26 April. Last Congress, the bill passed out of the Foreign Affairs Committee and the House floor without opposition. CBO stated associated costs would be negligible.
Growing list of bipartisan original cosponsors: Comstock (R-VA), Boyle (D-PA), Norton (D-DC), Jackson Lee (D-TX), Weber (R-TX), Dingell (D-MI), Johnson (R-OH), Beyer (D-VA), McGovern (D-MA), Connolly (D-VA), Donovan (R-NY), Poe (R-TX), LaMalfa (R-CA), Chairman Royce (R-CA)
For more information or to cosponsor, please contact Chelsea Cuellar in my office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to be an original cosponsor is tomorrow, 25 April 2017.