From the Republican leadership that brought North Carolina the now-infamous HB2 legislation in less than a day comes word that the state can’t move fast enough to meet the U.S. Department of Justice’s deadline for responding to its warning about HB2.
House Speaker Tim Moore announced Thursday: “We will take no action by Monday. That deadline will come and go. We don’t ever want to lose any money, but we’re not going to get bullied by the Obama administration to take action prior to Monday’s date. That’s not how this works.”
Surely the speaker learned his high school civics better than this.
The Justice Department isn’t a bunch of Democratic backbenchers in Moore’s House. It has threatened to withdraw federal funding for North Carolina if the state ignores its demands to repeal or change a law that violates civil rights laws.
That is not an empty threat. If North Carolina refuses to comply with federal laws, it will lose federal funds.
That, Mr. Speaker, is how this works.