After White House Fail, Biden Asks Congress To Avert Rail Strike

President Biden on Monday asked Congress to intervene to prevent a looming freight rail strike that would add to the supply chain problems that have hurt the U.S. economy.

  • The Labor Department attempted to broker a deal in the contract negotiations between the rail workers and the railroad industry, but four unions have rejected the terms.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers would take up legislation this week to impose the deal that unions agreed to in September, amid the stall negotiation before the sides meet again next month.
  • “Let me be clear: a rail shutdown would devastate our economy,” Biden said. “Without freight rail, many U.S. industries would shut down.”
  • If Congress acts, it will end talks between the sides over the deals Biden helped broker before the original September strike deadline.
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