Congress Rushes To Avoid Railroad Strike

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(Washington, DC) – Congressional leaders are scrambling to pass legislation to avoid a looming railroad strike. Following a meeting with President Biden at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he and Senator Mitch McConnell will work together to approve an agreement as soon as possible after the House passes it tomorrow. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill includes an agreement with additional benefits gained in further discussions between labor unions and the railroads. After months of negotiations between unions and rail companies, the Biden administration brokered a contract in September to avert a strike, but workers voted against the new contract. The deadline to reach a deal is December 8th. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy hit the Biden administration over the negotiations, claiming the President is asking Congress to rush a bill to the floor in the final hours.

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