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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on a possible federal government shutdown:

“If not resolved quickly, shutting down the federal government could harm a critical program that helps children and families and delay needed federal funds for hurricane recovery. I urge the federal government to act responsibly to prevent a shutdown.”


A federal shutdown could negatively impact the Temporary Assistance for Needy (TANF) program that provides child welfare services in the counties. This program is funded by the federal government and run by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The shutdown could also delay funding anticipated from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help North Carolina with long-term hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts. The funds were approved by Congress earlier this fall but won’t be available to North Carolina until guidelines publish in the Federal Register.