Biden signs legislation to avert rail shutdown

President Biden has signed a bill into law that averts a nationwide rail strike.

“A rail shutdown would have devastated our economy,” he said during a ceremony on Friday. “Without freight rail, many of the US industries would literally shutdown.”

But Biden says he’s disappointed an amendment that would have provided additional days of paid sick leave for rail workers failed.

“We still have more work to do in my view in terms of getting paid sick leave, not just for rail workers, but for every worker in America,” the President said. “That is a goal I had in the beginning and coming back at it.”

Under the deal brokered by the administration in September, rail workers will receive a 24% wage increase over the next five years.

Colin Woodall, CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, says cattle producers are grateful the resolution was swiftly passed by Congress and signed into law.

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