Chris Murphy

FILE - This May 25, 2021, file photo shows a U.S. Passport cover in Washington. Americans hoping to travel abroad this summer may have to delay their plans if they need new or renewed passports. The State Department said Wednesday that the wait for a passport is now between 12 weeks and 18 weeks, even if you pay for expedited processing. That’s because of ripple effects from the coronavirus pandemic that caused extreme disruptions to the process at domestic issuance facilities and overseas embassies and consulates.  (AP Photo/Eileen Putman, File)

State Dept. staffing surge won’t address passport backlog overnight, union warns

Lawmakers are pressing the State Department to move more aggressively to address a backlog of as many as 2 million pending passport applications.

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Lawmakers ask FEMA how to avoid future communication breakdowns during disasters

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(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)The Harry S. Truman Building, headquarters for the State Department, is seen in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2009. (AP Photo/J.  Scott Applewhite)

State Dept adds 1,200 to Foreign Service ranks under Democrats’ $12B budget plan

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GAO wants to build capacity to focus on science and technology, cybersecurity

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Trump administration puts (buy) America first

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Linda McMahon, Chris Murphy

WWE’s McMahon still standing after positive confirmation hearing for SBA role

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