President Obama has committed to paying the 80 to 90 thousand black farmers discriminated against 1.25 billion dollars. So why is it taking so long to fund the project after the presidents commitment in the 2011 budget.
The funding of the Pigford II settlement has originally taken 15 years. White House sources as well as Democrats on the Hill believe this is a bad economic climate to fund large items. The Obama administration has three big ticket items before Congress to include monies for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. White House sources contend FEMA is running out of money. There is also the 1.4 billion dollar federal funding of the Cobell Lawsuit, involving hundreds of thousand of Native Americans and Indian land misuse issues. Then there is the 1.25 billion dollar Pigford II, black farmer settlement.
At the Wednesday White House Press Briefing Robert Gibbs said, “there’s legislative and there’s financing decisions that are being looked through.”