On Thursday, the U.S. Senate rejected the $3.4 billion government settlement with American Indians.
The Senate passed an almost $60 billion war funding bill — but not before stripping out the $3.4 billion settlement that had been approved by the House.
The Senate’s approval would have given the Obama administration the authority to settle a class-action lawsuit filed in 1996 by Elouise Cobell of Browning, Mont. Between 300,000 and 500,000 Native Americans claim the Interior Department mismanaged billions of dollars held in trust by the government.
Thursday’s vote marks the second time the settlement has failed to pass the Senate. It was originally included in the Democrats’ jobs-agenda bill that was caught in a filibuster last month.