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Prolonged Fed shutdown could affect Clallam programs

October 4th, 2013 - 5:48am

(Port Angeles) -- Many functions of local government are actually funded from Washington D.C., and each day that the government shutdown continues, local programs funded with federal funds are at risk of being shut down.

Clallam County Administrator Jim Jones says the County has 4 such programs in Health and Human Services, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Immunization grant program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Those programs are provided by the County with full reimbursement from the Federal Government.

The lag time in payment for these federally subsidized programs, coupled with the Fed's delays in passing a budget, virtually holds local governments hostage.

Jones says if the shutdown lasts for any significant period of time, or if the government no longer pays these programs after reauthorizing a funding bill, the programs would go away as the county has a policy of eliminating grant programs once its funding source is eliminated.

Clallam County officials will continue to monitor the Federal budget stalemate in Congress and hope for a timely resolution.

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