U.S. Senators left Washington last week on a five-week break without agreeing to spend $1.25 billion to back an agreement between the federal government and black farmers to settle discrimination claims.
The agreement would settle a class action suit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where black farmers claim they were treated worse than white farmers when they applied for loans, and were given loans to cover expenses long after the money could be useful.
Lead advocates for the farmers had hoped the Senate would approve the money before its recess, worried the issue get buried by pre-election politics preceding the mid-term election.
About 4,000 North Carolinians could be eligible for money under the settlement.