Federal agencies will not be withholding money for North Carolina during the legal fight over House Bill 2.
The Associated Press is reporting White House spokesperson Josh Earnest addressed the issue during the daily press briefing on Thursday.
Earnest told reporters an administrative review is now on hold about whether the law could force federal agencies to freeze money for health, education or housing programs, according to the AP.
Multiple lawsuits were filed on Monday over the controversial legislation that requires transgender individuals to use the bathroom or changing room in public facilities that matches their birth certificate rather than their gender identity.
The US Department of Justice sent letters to Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the UNC System earlier this month to alert the agencies they were in violation of federal law. The agency put a Monday deadline on a response from the state as to how it would “remedy these violations.” The response from McCrory and state legislative leaders came in the form of a lawsuit on Monday. Attorney General Loretta Lynch then filed a lawsuit on behalf of the DOJ claiming the state is violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments and the Violence Against Women Act.
President Barack Obama has said in the past that the law should be repealed. Several bills have been filed in the North Carolina General Assembly during the legislative short session to repeal all of portions of HB2 but no action has been taken.