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Lawmakers Try to Delay Security Measure That Requires Passports at U.S. Border Crossings

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) - Congress wants to avoid a repeat of last summer's backlog of passport applications that left frustrated vacationers high and dry.

So lawmakers are moving to delay a new security rule requiring passports at all U.S. Border crossings next year.

Under a major end-of-the-year spending bill to be voted on this week, the border passport rule would be moved back to no earlier than June 1st, 2009.

The Bush Administration says it opposes the measure and still plans to go forward with implementing the planned passport rule next summer.

The first phase of the Western Hemisphere travel initiative went into effect earlier this year.

It required U.S. travelers returning by plane from Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean to carry a passport.

The next phase will affect land and sea ports of entry.

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