Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today following Senate passage of the Pigford/Cobell settlement for black farmers and Native American trust account holders:
“Black farmers and Native American trust account holders have had to wait a long time for justice, but now it will finally be served. I am heartened that Democrats and Republicans were able to come together to deliver the settlement that these men and women deserve for the discrimination and mismanagement they faced in the past. This issue has been of great importance to me, and I am pleased these long-suffering Americans can now receive the closure that they deserve.
“The agreement that we reached shows what can happen when Democrats and Republicans come together to do the right thing. I commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who put their differences aside to make sure that justice was no longer denied to these Americans.”