Black People : senate approves 1.2B for black farmers

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    WASHINGTON—The Senate has approved almost $4.6 billion to settle long-standing claims brought by American Indians and black farmers against the government.

    The money has been held up for months in the Senate as Democrats and Republicans squabbled over how to pay for it.
    The two class action lawsuits were filed over a decade ago.

    The settlements include almost $1.2 billion for black farmers who say they suffered discrimination at the hands of the Agriculture Department.
    Also, $3.4 billion would go to Indian landowners who claim they were swindled out of royalties by the Interior Department.
    The legislation was approved in the Senate by voice vote Friday and sent to the House.

    President Obama in a statement praised the Senate for passing the bill and urged the House to move forward on it.
    He said his administration is also working to resolve separate lawsuits filed against USDA by Hispanic and women farmers.







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    That final hurdle in the house of course, will prove more than fickle....

    ..and then with the initial suit on behalf of (at least) the Black Farmers having been filed some 40+ years ago and figuring fundamental economic increases and interests since then ehh---look at that---the gub'ment will only be short about 1/4 trillion.

    (huh---chump change.)
     
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    Its about time...guess this takes President Barack Obama off the hook:)

     
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    :10500:well, they keep asking what obama done for black people
     
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    .......That's the point, and there it is.

     
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    Rep. Clarke's statement on Senate Approving 4.6 Billion for Minority Farmers
    November 19, 2010 6:15 PM

    Washington, DC- Representative Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement in support of the Senate’s approval of a settlement of almost $4.6 billion to settle long-standing claims by minority farmers:

    “Minority farmers have been waiting decades for this to finally pass the Senate. These men and women, who were victims of racial discrimination in the Department of Agriculture’s allocation of loans practices, will now be awarded the settlements they were promised 13 years ago by a federal judge. It is important that we rectify the injustices of our past, and move forward to a prosperous and successful future. I commend the Senate for their passage of this bill, amending a situation that was nearly three decades old.”

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