Senate moves to avert rail strike amid dire warnings

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FILE - A CSX freight train travels through Alexandria, Va., Sept. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)

By KEVIN FREKING and JOSH FUNK
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has moving quickly to avert a rail strike that the Biden administration and business leaders say would greatly damage the economy.

The Senate passed a bill Thursday to bind rail companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached between the rail companies and union leaders in September.

That settlement had been rejected by some of the 12 unions involved, creating the possibility of a strike.

The Senate vote was 80-15. It came one day after the House voted to impose the agreement.

The measure now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.

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