President Barack Obama signs the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, December 8

Last month: The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.

The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge’s terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.

Officials are still working to resolve similar discrimination lawsuits filed against the U.S. Department of Agriculture by women and Latino farmers.

The Senate also cleared – in the same piece of legislation – $3.4 billion to fund a separate settlement reached with the Department of Interior for the mishandling of a trust fund managed for Native Americans. The bill also includes settlements for four water-right lawsuits filed by Native American tribes.

Prominent members of both parties have voiced support for paying out the settlements.

10 Responses to “resolution”

  1. 1 Bobbie J
    December 8, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    And the progressives remains silent on another achievement.

  2. 5 vitaminlover
    December 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    God bless him!

  3. 6 Kelly
    December 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    This is fab news. As a Southern girl I can appreciate this and am happy for those farmers. In another note,, the progressives are officially dead to me, they stand for zero imho. Let them go chain themselves to the WH fence since that is all they are good for, all show no substance.

    • 7 EDP4BHO
      December 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

      ” chain themselves to the WH fence”

      LOL….what a great vision. They really are quite ridiculous. Of course, I insist on calling them “regressives”. No going forward with that silly bunch.

  4. 8 dannie22
    December 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    This is what success looks like at the end of a long struggle. I’m sure the President is particularly satisfied by signing this legislation into law after having sponsored it as a senator. Good job Mr. President!

  5. 9 Eleroy
    December 9, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Great job Mr. President!!! Thank you again and again for staying the course even as those who should be helping clean up the mess are busy grandstanding and howling at the moon!!!

    • 10 geegee
      December 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      So true! I am beyond disgusted with that ilk. I think they have a need to complain about something just so they think they are relevant.

      Thank you Mr. President for standing firm in the face of constant opposition from this loudmouth, obstinate bunch. Keep doing what you do; you speak for me!

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