USDA accused of recurring discrimination
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A House subcommittee held a hearing on Wednesday to address unresolved discrimination problems at the Department of Agriculture.

The department is accused of widespread bias against Native American, African-American, Hispanic and female farmers. Class action lawsuits have been filed on behalf of thousands who say they were denied loans, services and other information based on their race.

The Clinton administration settled with the African-American farmers and promised reforms. Affected parties and key lawmakers say changes have not occurred.

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On Hill, Tough Questions for USDA (The Washington Post 9/27)

Relevant Documents:
Testimony: Civil Rights Program before the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry: (9/25)

Relevant Links:
Farmers Lawyer -

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