Black farmers rally for settlement

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Black farmers from Alabama are rallying for government payments to settle a long standing discrimination case.

The farmers are urging congress to approve a $1 billion discrimination settlement against the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

President Barack Obama included funding for the settlement in his budget proposal.

Now, the National Black Farmers Association is trying to get lawmakers to back the payments.

"There's a bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. and it's been around since before this president got there. It's playing the old tricks of resisting these claims trying to find every excuse in the world to slow this stuff down. We're trying to get the bureaucracy to stay truthful to the promises this president has made," stated Congressman Artur Davis.

The money would pay claims filed by black farmers who say they were denied government assistance because of their race.

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