Senate Unanimously Passes the Claims Resolution Act of 2010

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Legislation Includes Funding For Historic Black Farmer Settlement

We call on the House to send this Bill to the President without delay – let's give the farmers a Christmas filled with realized hope, not empty promises.

Washington, DC After a tenth attempt in the U.S. Senate, legislative language to fund a settlement to resolve decades of discrimination by the US Department of Agriculture against black farmers was finally passed in the historic, Claims Resolution Act of 2010.

John W. Boyd Jr., president and founder of the National Black Farmers Association, which represents more than 94,000 members in 46 states, said, "The Senate finally did the right thing – they stepped up and told the world civil rights still matter in America. Republicans and Democrats alike stepped up, but the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Reid and Senators Grassley, Kyl, Landrieu, Hagan as well as several others got this done not the least of which was staff from both sides worked behind the scenes tirelessly to make this happen."

After leaving the Senate the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, is set to go to the House of Representatives for ratification, prior to the President of the United States, where once signed will become law and end decades of delay for black farmers.

Boyd went on to say, "We call on the House to send this Bill to the President without delay – let’s give the farmers a Christmas filled with realized hope, not empty promises."

Twice the House of Representatives has passed previous measures to pay for this settlement, yet the legislation languished in the Senate having failed nine previous times. The bipartisan support in the Senate caused it to pass unanimously on the tenth attempt, and the issue has been sent back to the House of Representatives. The measure is fully funded offset, meaning it will not add to the deficit. The black farmer settlement agreement requires federal funding to pass before the neutral arbitrator process commences.

For more on the Black farmers' long road to justice, please visit http://www.blackfarmers.org and http://www.nbfarally.com. Boyd is urging NBFA members and the general public to contact House leadership and members of the House of Representatives from their home states to ask them to fund the black farmers’ settlement.

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