Butterfield & Two Other NC Congressmen Question Work First Suspension

Three Democratic congressmen want Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to take a second look at halting North Carolina's welfare-to-work program as the federal shutdown continues.

U.S. Reps. David Price, G.K. Butterfield and Mel Watt wrote Tuesday to McCrory asking him to reverse course on the program, usually paid with federal block funds that weren't reauthorized Oct. 1.

The state said it suspended processing Work First applications Monday because there wasn't enough assurance the federal government would reimburse the state for payments once the shutdown ends.

The letter says 49 other states apparently felt good enough about their chances. A federal official said Tuesday she wasn't aware of another state currently suspending its welfare-to-work program.

The state says people could miss Work First benefits starting in November.

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