Settlement for Black Farmers Not Set In Stone

With Congress on a two-week adjournment, a deal put in place meant to aid Black farmers may fall apart.

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The settlement between the Department of Agriculture and Black farmers isn't yet a done deal.

A $1.25 billion settlement between black farmers and the Agriculture Department is at risk of unraveling after Congress adjourned for a two-week break without approving the spending.

The settlement, to which the Obama administration agreed last month, has been hailed as the final chapter in a decades-long struggle by African-Americans who say they faced discrimination from local USDA offices in trying to get loans or other aid.

But it included a clause allowing plaintiffs to back out if money wasn't appropriated by March 31 -- a timeline that Congress missed when it left Friday.

While plaintiffs aren't saying they will break from the deal, a lead advocate says it's unclear whether the dozens of lawyers involved can stick together.

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