House Passes Measure to Avert Railroad Strike

Melanie Arter | November 30, 2022 | 2:51pm EST
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Amtraks California Zephyr passenger train departs Chicago Union Station in Chicago, Illinois, on March 2, 2022. (Photo by LUKE SHARRETT/AFP via Getty Images)
Amtraks California Zephyr passenger train departs Chicago Union Station in Chicago, Illinois, on March 2, 2022. (Photo by LUKE SHARRETT/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 290-137, the House on Wednesday voted to avert a railroad strike and give workers 24 percent raises over five years and allows them to take time off for doctor’s visits without being penalized.

A separate measure is expected to be considered for a measure giving them seven days of paid sick leave per year. 

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.

President Biden expressed his gratitude to House lawmakers “for taking urgent action to prevent a rail shutdown.” He urged the Senate to get a bill on his desk “immediately.”

“This overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives makes clear that Democrats and Republicans agree that a rail shutdown would be devastating to our economy and families across the country. The Senate must now act urgently,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Without the certainty of a final vote to avoid a shutdown this week, railroads will begin to halt the movement of critical materials like chemicals to clean our drinking water as soon as this weekend,” the president said.

“Let me say that again: without action this week, disruptions to our auto supply chains, our ability to move food to tables, and our ability to remove hazardous waste from gasoline refineries will begin. The Senate must move quickly and send a bill to my desk for my signature immediately,” Biden added.

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