Cobell Settlement Included in House Jobs Bill!
The final deadline for Congress to approve appropriations for the Cobell Settlement was set for May 28th, after which point the plaintiffs planned to take up further litigation. However, on that exact day the House passed The American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes of 2010 (H.R. 4213) which included the full cost of the Cobell Settlement, which had been included as an amendment to the bill. This is a long-awaited and happily welcomed step on Congress’ part, partially assuaging fears that the December settlement would come to naught as Congress dragged its feet in appropriating funds. As a result of this step, the plaintiffs have agreed on a new deadline of June 15, giving the Senate one week after they return from their Memorial Day recess to take action on the settlement.