Shutdown threat nixes extra passport services

April 9, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. April 9, 2011

Officials canceled the Passport Day in the USA event scheduled for Saturday, as the threat of a federal government shutdown loomed.

For Passport Day in the USA, the county planned to open some community service centers for additional hours to accommodate people unable to apply for a passport in person during a typical workweek.

“We’re disappointed that we won’t be able to provide passport services on Saturday,” Lorraine Patterson, county records and licensing services director, said in a statement. “However, we hope that Congress will resolve the issues soon so that we can get back to helping King County residents with their passport applications.”

President Barack Obama and congressional leaders reached a last-minute budget deal late Friday to avert a shutdown.

Passport Day in the USA a yearly event intended to serve residents  otherwise unable to reach a passport office during the workweek. In previous years, King County accepted about 70 applications for passports during the Saturday event.

Issaquah City Hall also offers passport services on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during regular business hours.

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