Congress votes today to shut down rail strike

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The House on Wednesday will vote on legislation to avert a rail shutdown following a grave warning from President Joe Biden about the economic danger posed by congressional inaction.

Democratic leadership has been whipping votes on the legislation, sources familiar with the effort told CNN, which will be split into two votes: One that would adopt a September tentative agreement approved by labor and management leaders and one to add paid sick leave to the legislation.

The House is using an arcane procedure to pass the bill so that it can include language to give railroad workers paid leave, which progressives have called for. But, because it’s a procedure, the Senate can vote on the original measure without considering the paid leave component and won’t have to send it back to the House.

Without congressional action, a rail strike could become a reality as early as December 9, causing shortages, spiking prices and halting factory production.


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