Menendez Statement On USDA Discrimination Settlement With Hispanic And Female Farmers

Menendez Statement On USDA Discrimination Settlement With Hispanic And Female Farmers

Menendez: “Righting the wrongs of the past and no longer allowing this dark period in our recent history to be swept under the carpet”

Washington - Senator Robert Menendez (D - New Jersey) released the following statement on the United States Department of Agriculture's settlement with Hispanic and female farmers:

"I commend the Administration for its leadership in working to address a grave injustice done to Hispanic-American and female farmers at the hands of our own United States Department of Agriculture several decades ago. Justice and compensation is long overdue for the tens of thousands of farmers who were discriminated against and denied loans and other forms of support that the USDA routinely awarded farmers across our country. Though the Administration's commitment to righting the wrongs of the past and no longer allowing this dark period in our recent history to be swept under the carpet deserves the admiration of all Americans, I repeat my expectation that the terms of the proposal provide equitable compensation and treatment to Hispanic and Women farmers as was made available to other farmers who suffered similar injustices by the USDA in the past."

"However, details and questions still remain in addressing these fundamental injustices which are long overdue. I am concerned that the Administration's proposal may fall short of this fair standard. If so, I will redouble my efforts to have the administration get it right. The only thing worse than actual discrimination itself would be treating victims differently based on their race, ethnicity, or gender."

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