Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today after Republicans blocked settlement of Pigford 2 and Cobell lawsuits for minority farmers and Native American trust account holders for the sixth time this year:
“Securing justice for those have been wronged should never be a partisan issue. But that’s exactly what Republicans have made it by blocking the long overdue settlement of lawsuits for minority farmers and Native American trust account holders which is fully paid for. And they blocked these historic settlements again today for the sixth time this year.
“This type of unnecessary partisan gridlock is what frustrates so many people in Nevada and across the nation about the atmosphere in Washington. If Republicans cannot put aside their obstructionist tactics so that we can settle a non-controversial, non-partisan issue like this, on what will they agree to work with Democrats?
“I challenge my Republican colleagues to rise above their petty political calculations and think about those Americans who have suffered injustices for far too long. Republicans need to stop denying justice to these Americans and end their obstruction of these settlements.”