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Cooper to Trump: End government shutdown, provide federal funds for hurricane recovery, NC farmers

Governor Roy Cooper is pressing President Donald Trump to end the federal government shutdown.

In a letter released Wednesday, Gov. Cooper wrote that the long-term work to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence is being delayed each day the shutdown continues. The shutdown is also negatively impacting farmers hoping to plan for this year’s planting season and need help from the US Department of Agriculture.

Here’s an excerpt from the governor’s letter:

“While we continue the short-term recovery with FEMA’s help, our critical long-term work to rebuild stronger and smarter is delayed with every day that federal funds are held in Washington,” Gov. Cooper wrote in the letter sent today.

In April 2018, North Carolina was notified of a $168 million award of Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) from the US Housing and Urban Development to make the state’s flood-prone areas safer. The state remains unable to use these funds until guidance is published in the Federal Register, which cannot happen while the federal government remains shuttered.

In September, a HUD appropriation for 2018 storms including Hurricane Florence was enacted as part of the FAA reauthorization bill but awaits allocation to affected states. The $1.68 billion allocated will be shared by North Carolina and other states recovering from natural disasters, but without guidance states are left waiting to learn how much funding they will receive and how best to put these funds to work for recovery and mitigation.

The shutdown also limits North Carolina’s access to HUD experts needed to help with rebuilding efforts in the state. In addition, North Carolina farmers are without help from federal agriculture experts at a critical time.

“The government shutdown is also threatening the livelihood of our farmers, many of whom were swamped by the same hurricane waters that destroyed homes and businesses,” Gov. Cooper wrote in his letter. “Help from the US Department of Agriculture for hurricane affected farms is unavailable, and farmers hoping to plan for this year’s planting season are running out of time. “

“During your visit following Hurricane Florence, you promised me the 100% support of the federal government in North Carolina’s recovery. This shutdown makes that promise harder to keep. Please work with Congressional leaders to end this shutdown so our communities can rebuild quickly and effectively.”

Read the full letter here.

Earlier this week the National Governors Association called on President Trump and congressional leaders to immediately end the partial federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22.

One Comment


  1. William H. Edwards

    January 10, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    The ongoing partial shutdown is totally on Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, obstructing a negotiated settlement purely for perceived political gain.

    President Trump is doing what I elected him to do — get results and save us from the disastrous Obama debacle filled with pathetic apologies, doom and gloom predictions, endless scandals and race baiting politics.

    President Trump’s most important responsiblity is to keep us safe — and he is trying his best to make that happen. Democrat opposition is preventing progress in this and other areas. Politicans — all of them — work for us, and they have failed us miserably.

    Governor Cooper’s letter fails to address the effect of extended bureaucratic delays that precluded any government shutdown. It appears that the current border security showdown offers Cooper a convenient opportunity to pile on, so of course he did just that, being a complicit Democratic hack.

    To be sure, North Carolina deserves to promptly receive allocated federal funds for promised disaster relief. I just think that Cooper should have been aggressively engaged months earlier than the pre-Christmas federal shutdown. Crying wolf now just for the cameras simply falls on deaf ears. What a phony.

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