In response to Democratic members of North Carolina’s Congressional delegation questioning why NC decided to discontinue operation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Governor McCrory sent an email to the offices of Representatives Butterfield, Price and Watt:
“Your letter incorrectly stated that North Carolina had decided ‘to discontinue the operation’ of the TANF programs. North Carolina, like other states, was able to use carry-over funds for the TANF programs during the shutdown. However, because of the dysfunction in Washington, even after two weeks, Washington still had not authorized federal funding or reimbursement of the states for state expenditures. North Carolina acted responsibly and notified the service providers that federal funding for Work First programs may not be available in November.”
Reps Butterfield, Price and Watt in turn responded with a letter today saying:
“Your assertion that you did not discontinue the operation of the TANF program is simply not credible. Your administration did not merely ‘[notify] the service providers that federal funding for Work First programs may not be available in November.’ The notice that your administration sent to county social services directors on October 10th (copy attached) expressly directed them to cease processing new applications for benefits ‘until federal funds become available.’ In addition, the notice stated unequivocally that the state would be ‘unable to make any Work First Family Assistance payments in November 2013’ absent congressional action.”
The correspondence between the representatives and the governor can be seen below, along with the internal memo referenced in the representatives’ letter from today.