So isn't this great! I heeded the replies to my question regarding our passports expiring 6 days prior to 6 months after our planned fall trip, and we sent in renewals last week as we seemed to have sufficient time before our March 24 trip. Surprise!, Forgot about the pending shut-down (and made worse because mine came back for re-submission this week as I managed to omit my signature when we put the pages together). I can see it now. The government finally reopens and I will be in our senator's office asking their help to have our original (otherwise valid) passports somehow retrieved from the process so we can leave. I guess we are lucky that we are in Philadelphia, as this where these are processed. Unreal, right? BTW, I am a retired specialist from SSA, and I have had to work through 3 of these shut-downs in the past because my agency was declared essential, I don't think that will be happening with this department.
I know, first-world problem!