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House Proceeding 02-24-10 on Feb 24th, 2010 :: 0:34:55 to 0:40:00
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Rosa L. DeLauro

0:34:51 to 0:35:11( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: such great ambassadors for our states. i'm proud to be a kansan. in this case, i'm proud to be a k-state kansan. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: ms. delauro of connecticut. for what purpose do you rise? ms. delauro: to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewo five minutes.

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:34:55 to 0:40:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Rosa L. DeLauro

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:35:12 to 0:35:34( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: ms. delauro: i rise in support of the equality for women farmers act a bill ann herber -- anne shoe and myself have intro-- ann eshoo and myself have introduced. it provides a process for women

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:35:35 to 0:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: farmers who have experienced discrimination to have access to funds provided by the congress. it requires the f.d.a. to have much-needed reforms to end this discrimination in their loan system forever. according to the u.s. department of agriculture there are approximately 300,000 women

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:35:56 to 0:36:16( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: farm operators across the united states, over 17% of the family farm population. s the largest group of minority farmers in the country and their numbers are growing. yet e census data reveals that they have been consistently underreported by usda over the past 15 years. worse, it is estimated 43,000

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:36:17 to 0:36:37( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: women farrs have been discrim in atorially denied more than -- discriminatorily denied loans and loan services fro the usda ove the years. by usda's have seen less than their fair share of laws in the couny. thousands of women have gone to

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:36:38 to 0:36:59( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: local offices of farm security over the years to file loan applications, ask for this government's help in sustaining their family farm bus there, the differences often end. many women have been told that money or applications have run out though men seem to be finding them with no trouble at all. others were told to return to the loan office with their

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:37:00 to 0:37:21( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: fathers or husbands or brothers so that the men could file the applications on their behalf. still others were told that, quotefarming is not for women. or saw their application filed in the trash right before their eyes. some were horrible advances by loan

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:37:22 to 0:37:43( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: officers who demand sexual quid pro quo in return for approving their loans. this is not right. it's beneath us and it must end. to his credit, secretary vilsack has nirbletted a task force to look into these and similar civil rights issues at usda but we need to move quickly in the congress so that these women can get the

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:37:44 to 0:38:05( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: resources they need to preserve their family farms in this troubled economy. unfortunately, the subject of discrimination by usda loan and credit officers is not a new one. congress was moved by the long stan addressed the situation in the

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:38:06 to 0:38:26( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: 2008 farm bill that urged the bush administration to settle those discrimination laults brought by women and other minority farmers. last week, the obama administration announced it has reached an agreement to settle e remaining claims for african-american farmers who experienced similar discrimination. i applaud the administration for recognizing the nd to

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:38:27 to 0:38:48( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: settle these import i'm dismayed they didn't come forth with a comprehensive proposal to settle for women, hispanic and native american farmers who suffer similar prejudice. it's time for us to own up to the mistreatment of women and other norlte farmers as well. they had to deal with needless, mindless discrimination as they

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:38:49 to 0:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: try to preserve their family farms. this congress should grant them compensation. this bill will establish a compensation fund for these farmers and sets up special master in the federal mediation and conciliation service to process, review and conciliate

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:39:10 to 0:39:30( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: their claims. it would award those whose applications were denid or not acted on5,000 in damages. for those whose damages are greater than those denid application, the special master may award adigal damages based on the application of a formula described in the legislation. for those who will seek to

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:39:31 to 0:39:52( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: apply for loans and loan management in the future, the legislation will ensure that their requests are finally considered equally with all others. it's a matter of fundamental fairness and action cannot come soon enough for these women who have suffered under these discriminatory practices so -- practices so join me in being part of these solutions.

Rosa L. DeLauro

0:39:53 to 0:40:01( Edit History Discussion )

Rosa L. DeLauro: we can make usda a better resource for our nation's family farmers for generations to come regardless of their gend, race, or origin.

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