Food stamp funding in jeopardy

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of North Carolinians have been waiting months for their food stamps according to a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services from a federal official at the United States Department of Agriculture.

"These delays are completely unacceptable and a serious failure on the part of North Carolina," the letter states.

"It's almost like we're a bunch of bumbling idiots down here," says State Representative Beverly Earle.

"We have grave concern for the low income people of North Carolina waiting for assistance," the letter says.

It is directed to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos.

"The buck stops with the secretary," Earle says.

And that is why a growing number of Democrats want Wos fired.

"There is a list of missteps that she's made that indicate to me that she's in over her head," Earle says.

Wos has been criticized for other issues recently, including trouble with Medicaid cards and billing.

Governor Pat McCrory has been defending his hire.

We got this statement from his office today: "The governor has confidence that Secretary Wos and her team are working hard to ensure that those who need benefits, receive benefits. Another gimmicky press scheme from the extreme left won't help solve the problem."

"This is not a cheap shot," says Earle.

Definitely not cheap...the threats in the letter. If the Fed pulls funding for food stamps, it could cost NORTH CAROLINA millions.

From McCrory's office: "…DHHS has already taken corrective action and continues to work with the USDA on the issues raised."

Wos did not return our request for comment.

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