U.S. Senate Approved Billions for Black and American Indian Farmers

The Senate has approved almost $4.6 billion to settle longstanding 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. Both of the 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.

4,000 African-American farmers from our state will be able receive settlement payments.

The legislation was approved in the Senate by voice vote Friday and sent to the House.

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  • by heard enuff Location: eastern NC on Nov 21, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    To Barlow, NO, Dan Glickman admitted to discrimination in USDA because Democrat politics MADE him! Nevertheless, white farmers are raking in USDA payments and have been for years. USDA needs to be cut down to size. These direct cash payments to farmers have removed all the economic risks in farming, at taxpayers expense. Farming is truly a 'special interest' enterprise.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Nov 20, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Ask yourself, where is the money going to come from? We are already borrowing it...where? How does this apply to today? I guess we should blame this on Lincoln, a republican, for freeing slaves, its all is fault? This is merely a fleecing of America brought to you by, Barrack Hussein Oblamabush.
  • by White IS Right! on Nov 20, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    Yes, the government should have given these poor black farmers loans. Companies should have been FORCED to loan them money and give them grants...just like in the Clinton administration when Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac gave all those poor black families loans (that couldn't afford it nor had the credit) and then defaulted on those loans. Look where that got us. Now they are saying that the money that was refused should have been given....well, would you say that about the recent foreclosure problem? And what about all those banks that issued credit cards to those who couldn't pay back the loan? Have you seen enough of the law firm commercials offering to "settle" with the banks for thousands less? I wonder how many of those "settlements" were made by poor black (and white) families? Obama wasn't the first president that twisted the bank's arm and guaranteed they'd back them if the credit cards & loans were defaulted. Clinton was a BIG party to this mess.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Nov 20, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    Check out the USDA website. In 2007 (which was updated 10-30-09) there were only 1837 black farmers in N.C., but the headline box says 4000 now. Gosh, that more than doubled! Surely the FREE money didn`t play a role in that stat.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Nov 20, 2010 at 09:23 AM
    Google "pigford vs glickman" and check out the numbers that jumped on the bandwagon that were not even farmers. Fraud as usual.
  • by anonymous on Nov 20, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    Ok. I understand that some of the claimants think they did not get a loan because of their color. How many of these did not get a loan because they were not credit worthy? Or because they hadn't established enough credit history for the banks or USDA to determine if they were credit worthy. It happens to everyone. A young person getting a new car usually has to get a parent or some other person to sign with them. But because these people are minorities, they can sue the government. And instead of paying it back, it's free money. My God! Can't anyone see how ludicrous this is?
  • by jerry Location: enc on Nov 20, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    To workinman: You hit the nail on the head.
  • by Carmine Location: Washington on Nov 20, 2010 at 08:11 AM
    Finally, this can be put to rest!! Had they only acted fairly in the beginning, no one would have any complaints!! No one is stealing and giving to others!! Stop complaining about a "wrong made right". Some of you are just jealous and hateful. I'm surprised nothing bad happened to the previous administration!! Come now, pull your head out of your backsides and just accept it. Nuff said.
  • by Once democrat on Nov 20, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    If this administration keeps up their stealing by giving to others I am afraid something really bad is going to happen to some of them.
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld on Nov 20, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    I guess the money fairy is going to come and sprinkle her goods on the ole budget coffers once more, how wonderful. I'm pleased that we can do this at time when we are broke to the tune of trillions of dollars. And following in the farm bill you will not even be able to have a garden in your back yard because it might not be safe for you. I just hope the new senate can be seated in time.
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