The U.S. Postal Service will continue to deliver mail but will not accept passport applications if the federal government shuts down this weekend due to a budget impasse, an agency spokesman said.

As of Thursday, post offices had planned to continue accepting applications, but the U.S. Department of State issued a notice this morning saying passports would not be processed, postal service spokesman Jim Widgel said.

Post offices would still be open for business because stamps and service fees – not tax dollars – fund the postal service’s deliveries and other activities, Widgel said.

Janna Brancolini, Bay City News

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