Congress vows to prevent rail strike

After meeting with President Joe Biden, Democratic and Republican congressional leaders pledged to pass legislation that would avert a planned rail strike in December, according to a report from the Associated Press. The president warned that a nationwide strike would be a blow to the U.S. economy if transportation of fuel, food, and other critical goods were disrupted. The bill lawmakers are considering would impose a compromise labor agreement brokered by the Biden administration. The rail worker unions have threatened to strike if an agreement can’t be reached before the Dec. 9 deadline.

Lawmakers from both parties expressed reservations, but the intervention was particularly difficult for some Democratic lawmakers who have traditionally sought to align themselves with the politically powerful labor unions.

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