WHEH A PRESIDENT IS SENSITIVE TO THE PLIGHT OF WORKERS AND PULES OF THE ECONOMY.
I’m calling on Congress to pass legislation immediately to adopt the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators.
Let me be clear: a rail shutdown would devastate our economy. Without freight rail, many U.S. industries would shut down.
As a proud pro-labor President, I’m reluctant to override the ratification procedures and the views of those who voted against the agreement.
But in this case – where the economic impact of a shutdown would hurt millions of families – I believe Congress must use its powers to adopt this deal.
No one should have to choose between their job and their health – or the health of their children. I have pressed legislation and proposals to advance the cause of paid leave in my two years in office, and will continue to do so.
At this critical moment for our economy, in the holiday season, we cannot hurl the U.S. into a devastating rail freight shutdown.
Congress should get this bill to my desk as soon as possible so we can avoid disruption.
- President Joe Bidden
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