McCrory denies discontinuation of TANF operation during federal shutdown; Price, Butterfield, Watt respond

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.

Reps. Price, Butterfield & Watt Correspondence with Gov. McCrory


  1. Skeptic

    October 25, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    McCrory is a legitimate psychopath. What is his motivation for lying so much? There can’t be any upside to just lying to congressmen. Another self-inflicted wound from the dumbest man on the planet…..

  2. Alan

    October 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I may have asked this before, but is it possible for McCrory to be recalled?

  3. ncborn

    October 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Is it the Governor’s position that Budget Director Art Pope’s directive that state agencies should not spend any state money to make up for lost federal funding had nothing to do with the DHHS action?

  4. Gene Hoglan

    October 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Girl can’t help it. He’s got a psychological need to constantly lie.

  5. CarolinaSistah

    October 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I am so upset that I ever voted for this man. As a registered Democrat, I wanted to give the Republicans a chance in N.C. I was wrong! Govenor McCrory is not trust worthy. Does he know how to tell the truth? He is showing over and over that he does not care one whit for the poor and unfortunate among us.

  6. GOP Rules

    October 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Has anyone actaully come up with a “reciptient” who did not get paid? Also, if Obama, Price, Watt et.al. had actaully taken the tact to actaully come above the fray to talk to others it may not have gotten to the point of shutdown.

  7. david esmay

    October 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

    The shutdown lies solely at the the feet of the recalcitrant Republicants. Their political stunt cost the country 24 billion, untold jobs were jeopardized, but the good part is they lowered their approval rating and squandered what little political credibility they had.

  8. ML

    October 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    GOP rules/LSD/douggy must think it’s a good idea to negotiate with terrorists.

    However, for those living in reality it’s understood that the tactic used by the repubs was unconscionable. In fact talks were attempted prior to the Ted Cruz pitty party so the dems had no incentive to reopen negotiations about funding the ACA. Furthermore the talks would have netted nothing for either side because the repubs weren’t budging either. But nice attempt to pass the blame, I think the American people know who acted unreasonably.

  9. ML

    October 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Also thanks for admitting that the republican position was the low road as the dems would have needed to rise above the fray of republican squabbling. Sorry not this time, the dems are done negotiating with the tea partiers

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  11. GOP Rules

    October 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    ML/dave/Allen/Chris/Lindsay/Sarah….I would like to know why you insist on calling me other names. but whatever floats your boat.

    If you read my post is says rise above the fray, meaning they need to come up to the GOP level, above the mess they have created. But I guess you would not know that as they typical troller here is not up to the ability to see that.

  12. Alan

    October 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Dear Sock Puppets,

    Every poll quite clearly places the blame on the GOP, that makes the GOP the lowest on the credibility ladder. I know you have issues accepting the fact that your team screwed up big time, but that’s reality. It would therefore be difficult to “come up” to the lowest level.

    Only Ted Cruz and the rest of the wacko Teabaggers actually believe it was Obama that wanted the shutdown, the VAST majority of the population know otherwise.

    I can still smell GOP panic in the air…

  13. ML

    October 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Clean up your grammar GOP.

  14. LayintheSmakDown

    October 28, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Everyone here thinks you are me. I guess you should be flattered.

    I guess you are a sock puppet of PPP and the state controlled media. That is ok….I guess if you want to be misinformed. Good luck and keep us posted on how that turns out for you.

    I for one hope that the Republicans keep quiet and let barrycare implode between now and the elections. The best thing barry has done for the GOP is to not negotiate, Hopefully Boner will not take up any bill to delay barrycare at all since the democrats are steadfastly against it…then they do not get elected again.

  15. Alan

    October 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I’m ML but just became Alan. I must be a wizard of some kind…

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