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Letter to Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina


Location: Washington, DC

The Honorable Pat McCrory
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Dear Governor McCrory:

It has come to our attention that North Carolina is the lone anomaly in deciding to discontinue the operation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

While other states are maintaining their TANF programs, North Carolina has ceased processing new applications. It is the only state in the country to do so.

The Administration for Children and Families has committed itself to working with every state to ensure that essential TANF benefits remain available and that all expenditures are reimbursed when the federal government reopens. This guarantee of reimbursement, which is apparently good enough for 49 other states, would enable the state to meet its responsibility to administer the program.

Last week your state DHHS announced it would re-open the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program. North Carolina was, again, the only state in the country to discontinue WIC benefits even though federal contingency funds were available. We are concerned that the decision to suspend the TANF program may reflect a disturbing trend, and urge you again to reverse course.

As we work to resolve the political impasse in Congress and reopen the federal government, we urge your administration to undertake all possible measures to ensure that the most vulnerable families in our state get the services they need.


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