Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
November 19, 2010
Contact Info: 

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Senate approved legislation that would provide funding to settle African American farmers’ and Native Americans’ lawsuits against the federal government:

“I am pleased that the Senate passed legislation today that would provide funding for settlement of both the Pigford and Cobell class action lawsuits – an important step toward finally correcting these blights on our Nation’s history. The Cobell settlement would resolve the government’s management and accounting of funds that would benefit over 300,000 Native Americans, and the Pigford settlement would bring to an end a decades old discrimination lawsuit brought by African American farmers against the USDA. I hope to bring this bill to the House Floor for a vote very soon so that our government can continue to move forward in fulfilling our obligation to African American farmers and Native Americans.”