IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 28, 2006
Mr. Allen (for himself and Mr. Grassley) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
To provide a mechanism for the determination on the merits of the claims of claimants who met the class criteria in a civil action relating to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture but who were denied that determination.
This Act may be cited as the
Claims Remedy Act of 2006.
Determination on merits of Pigford claims
Any Pigford claimant who has not previously obtained a determination on the merits of a Pigford claim may, in a civil action, obtain that determination.
Intent of Congress as to Remedial Nature of Section
It is the intent of Congress that this section be liberally construed so as to effectuate its remedial purpose of giving a full determination on the merits for each Pigford claim denied that determination.
In this Act—
the term Pigford claimant means an individual who previously submitted a late-filing request under section 5(g) of the consent decree in the case of Pigford v. Glickman, approved by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on April 14, 1999; and
the term Pigford claim means a discrimination complaint, as defined by section 1(h) of that consent decree and documented under section 5(b) of that consent decree.