By BEN EVANS

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite broad support, legislation to finalize $4.6 billion in settlements with black farmers and American Indians has stalled in the Senate again.

Lawmakers from both parties say they support resolving the long-standing claims of discrimination and mistreatment by federal agencies. But the funding has been caught up in a partisan fight over spending and deficits.

American Indians who say the Interior Department swindled them out of land royalties would get $3.4 billion under the settlement. Black farmers who say they were unfairly denied Agriculture Department assistance would share $1.2 billion.

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