SEATTLE — The impact of the continuing government shutdown in Washington D.C., is now being felt by Seattle King Crab fishermen stuck in Alaska.
The season has technically started, but none of the fleet can head onto the Bering Sea to fish because federal workers who issue permits are on furlough. So fishermen are forced to sit and wait.
Meanwhile, some prospective home buyers are also in a holding pattern. They need a certified, IRS copy of tax returns to get a loan approved and they can’t get those until the IRS’s offices re-open.