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Arizona Guv Reverses Directive, Orders Welfare Checks Issued

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Brewer blamed lawmakers in Washington for the program's funding gap.

“(Arizona) cannot afford to pay the federal government’s bills,” she said in a statement, as quoted by the Arizona Republic. “If the federal government remains at a stalemate come November, Arizona may be faced with catastrophic budgetary challenges and choices as we figure out how to salvage TANF and other critical programs. The failure of leadership in Washington is placing a heavy burden on our state, our core services and our citizens most in need.” 

Brewer didn't indicate in her statement where DES would get the funding to cover the 3,200 families who still hadn't received their benefits for October, according to the newspaper.