NBC News: House passes bill to avert looming rail strike, sending it to Senate ahead of crucial deadline
Railway workers are vowing to strike by Dec. 9 if a new agreement can’t be reached. The bill now heads to the Senate, where some members are threatening roadblocks to delay it.
By Scott Wong and Julie Tsirkin
The bill, which passed 290-137 with broad bipartisan support, now heads to the Senate, where both Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have said lawmakers need to intervene this week.
“Leader McConnell and I both want to pass it quickly,” Schumer told reporters in the Capitol after a meeting with Biden and other top congressional leaders Tuesday. “We understand the time deadlines, and we’ll be working together and figure out the best way to get it done quickly.”