On Thursday, the Senate voted to avert a looming strike of the nation’s railway workers – which could have been an economic catastrophe.
Congress’ decision to end the labor fight came as the White House emphasized that they felt lawmakers should send legislation “by this weekend” to avert a work stoppage or the nation could see potentially devastating effects, given how much of the economy relies on rail to move goods.
The emergency resolution legislation will now head to President Biden’s desk for signature.
The Senate voted down two additional provisions: whether to institute a 60-day extension of a cooling off period between both sides – and whether to grant workers seven days of paid sick leave.
John S. Connor is closely following these developments and will continue to provide updates.