September 7th, 2010
07:28 AM ET
13 years ago

Black farmers association to call on U.S. Senate to fund settlement

New York (CNN) - The National Black Farmers Association will call Tuesday for the U.S. Senate to fund a historic discrimination case settlement involving minority farmers.

John W. Boyd Jr., the founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association, will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. ET in front of a federal court house in lower Manhattan to make the announcement.

Last month, the U.S. Senate failed to approve $1.25 billion for the settlement between the U.S. Agriculture Department and black farmers, prompting finger pointing by members of both parties and outrage among many black farmers.

"We are very, very, very disappointed that we are just caught up in such a larger political fight in the Senate, where it's just partisan division," Boyd said after the August 5 outcome.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Mr. Bill

    This is just another example of disfunctional government. The Government lost the lawsuit but Congress has failed to fulfill the court's requirment for payment by not allocating the funds. They would rather spend the money on local earmarks than on court mandated recompense.

    September 7, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. barry

    Somebody tell them we are broke.

    September 7, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Ancient Texan

    Is there anyone who DOESN"T need a bailout? America sure does!

    September 7, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. jay1975

    This has been delayed for far too long. We are on our third President since the case was settled and they still have yet to be paid for the discrimination they met. Come on Congress, fix this.

    September 7, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. Jerry

    You have got to be kidding me, another bad dream

    September 7, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Suckers

    Idiots, how can the government just give you that money when they don't have money in the first place? You voted this administration in, so suck it up!

    September 7, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Mark from Louisiana

    Maybe if the number of farmers claiming damages wasn't three times higher than census numbers of black farmers, this would be over with.

    September 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. all of America

    Here we go ,obamas redistribution of wealth. Not with my tax money!!!

    September 7, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |