Rail deal still possible with Congressional push

Action is likely in Congress today on a tentative railroad labor deal. 

Michigan Farm Bureau National Legislative Counsel John Kran tells Brownfield a bill is expected to be introduced as early as today following President Biden’s call on Congress to prevent a possible rail strike.

“And we expect that the House of Representatives may take up legislation as soon as tomorrow to pass that agreement—so we’re seeing some good action this week,” he explains.

He says the transportation system is already stressed and having movement stop next week would be absolutely detrimental.

“For farmers, we’re looking at a time of year when they’re relying on inputs coming in, specifically fertilizers, that the ag retailers are stocking up and we’ve got grain that has to move,” he says.

Kran says if Congress moves quickly, a deal could get to the President’s desk before the end of the week which would adopt the tentative agreement between railroad workers in operators negotiated in September.

Brownfield interviewed Kran during this week’s Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids.

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