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Congressional Action Averts

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Last-minute negotiations in Congress averted a possible strike by railroad workers, a possibility that had worried many in the industrial economy. The American Trucking Associations expressed its appreciation to lawmakers for their action.

The House passed separate bills, one calling for the negotiations reached earlier this year to be accepted. Another included the days of paid sick leave that was the sticking point in the deal being rejected by four of the unions.

The Senate passed the original bill, but did not have the 60 votes necessary for paid sick leave.

“The trucking industry thanks Congress for acting swiftly to prevent what could have been a disastrous rail strike,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “Trains move critical goods like hazardous materials and fuel – including diesel which is already in short supply in numerous parts of the country. Any disruption to these critical supply chains would have been catastrophic for the economy and our industry.

“Hospitals, businesses and ordinary Americans depend on freight rail and trucking for daily necessities, and the trucking industry has neither the equipment nor the manpower to replace a single day of lost freight rail service," he said. "Truck transportation and railroads are much more complements than substitutes – there is no way the trucking industry can replace all the rail freight. We appreciate Congress stepping up and ensuring that the nation’s wheels – be they steel or rubber – keep moving.”