November 30th, 2010
08:01 PM ET
12 years ago

House approves measure funding black farmers' settlement

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. House on Tuesday passed 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 over claims of discrimination against black farmers 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.

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  1. once upon a horse

    it's fortunate for them that they got this settled before the new congress settled in because I doubt very seriously if a GOP lead house would have approved this. I mean this is just something the Republicans and far right regressives don't normally do.

    November 30, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Alistair

    It's about time!

    November 30, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    ABOUT TIME!!! Discrimination does not pay and this was settled over a decade ago and these farmers are just getting their money. All is well that ends well!!

    November 30, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |