Fairfield woman blames feds for passport delay

A Fairfield woman claims she may be out thousands of dollars and a trip to Portugal because the federal government is dragging its feet.

Maria Ferrante applied for a passport back in April, but the federal government says it's not sure her husband's passport will be renewed in time for their trip in July.

Ferrante says she, her husband and their daughter have been planning the trip to visit relatives and have shelled out $3,000 for the airline tickets. In addition, the government cashed her $67 check 10 days after she applied. According to Ferrante, a case worker from Congressman Chris Shays' (R-CT) office is now trying to expedite her case.

Meanwhile, on the federal government's passport Web site, it explains that a recent change in passport law has created a huge backup in the passport system.

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