President Obama Signs The Claims Resolution Act

Whelp!  the POTUS signs another historical piece of legislation, and the networks?…..


It wouldn’t have anything to do with that 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS  going to Blacks & Native Americans now would it y’all?

The Black Farmers finally get the funds they have earned.

Black farmer settlement signed into law – More than a decade after a settlement was reached, President Obama will sign the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 into law.  The measure authorizes billions of dollars in payments to settle claims against African-American farmers.

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Statement by the President on H.R. 4783

            Today I have signed into law H.R. 4783, the “Claims Resolution Act of 2010.”  This Act, among other things, provides funding and statutory authorities for the settlement agreements reached in the Cobell lawsuit, brought by Native Americans; the Pigford II lawsuit, brought by African American farmers; and four separate water rights suits, brought by Native American tribes.  While I am pleased that this Act reflects important progress, much work remains to be done to address other claims of past discrimination made by women and Hispanic farmers against the Department of Agriculture as well as to address needs of tribal communities.

            I am also pleased that the Act includes authorities proposed by my Administration concerning Unemployment Compensation program integrity, to expand the ability of the Federal Government to recover from individual income tax overpayments certain Unemployment Compensation debts that are due to an individual’s failure to report earnings.  My Administration has been working to protect taxpayer funds through improved recovery of improper Federal payments, and the additional authorities in this Act will assist in that effort.  In order to ensure that the intent and effect of these program integrity provisions are realized, my Administration is working with the Congress to correct an inadvertent technical drafting error in section 801(a)(3)(C), so that the provision can be implemented as intended.

December 8, 2010


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7 Responses to President Obama Signs The Claims Resolution Act

  1. Ametia says:

  2. Justice to black farmers, Indian tribes

    WASHINGTON (CNN) – John Boyd Jr. finally got what he wanted: justice. For more than a decade, he’s been riding his tractor to Washington, knocking on the doors of Congressional members, and pressuring the White House to fund a settlement from an historic discrimination case involving minority farmers.

    Today, President Obama signed into law the Claims Resolution Act of 2010, which in part funds the $1.15 billion Pigford II case against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who for years denied government farm loans and support from federal programs to farmers because of the color of their skin.

    CNN first brought the case and Boyd’s story to you in May, and we wanted to share this video that was shot and edited by CNN’s Khalil Abdallah around that time.

    Boyd will not receive a payout from the settlement, but it’s been his job as president of the National Black Farmers Association to lobby on behalf of those eligible to get what’s owed to them.

    The legislation will also fund the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement with the U.S. Department of Interior for mishandling Native American trust funds, along with water rights lawsuits brought by Native American tribes.

    At today’s bill signing President Obama said, “When we’ve fallen short, it’s been up to ordinary citizens to stand up to inequality and unfairness wherever they find it. That’s how we’ve made progress. That’s how we’ve moved forward. And that’s why we are here today – to sign a bill into law that closes a long and unfortunate chapter in our history.”

    • Ametia says:


      “Boyd will not receive a payout from the settlement, but it’s been his job as president of the National Black Farmers Association to lobby on behalf of those eligible to get what’s owed to them.”

  3. Brothas Worked It Out!

    • Ametia says:

      Alright now! Long time coming, but this is a done deal. I’m so happy for the farmers. I’m sad for the farmers who died before claiming their share of earned profits. May they rest in peace knowing their brethren are being compensated now.

      Thank you, Mr. President and congress for finally bringing some closure to this ugly stain of racism in America.

  4. Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s been a long time coming and finally justice has been done.

    O Happy Day!

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