Rush Votes in Favor of Preventing Railroad Shutdown (Washington, DC) — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after voting in favor of the H.J. Res. 100 and H. Con. Res. 119:
“I am extremely concerned for the well-being of railroad employees, as my first job immediately after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army was working for the Baltimore-Ohio Railroad. Rail workers across this country work long and unpredictable hours to make sure our economy functions. They deserve to be able to fight for their priorities, and I am pleased that the Tentative Agreement secures important gains for them, including a 24 percent raise.
“Unfortunately, the railroads companies have been unwilling to negotiate in good faith with their workers, which brought the country to the brink of a rail crisis. I am grateful to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for bringing a package of bills to the floor today that would both keep the country’s rail lines running on the tracks and would grant the workers the personal time off they have fought for and deserve. I am happy to support the bills together.
“I urge the Senate to pass both bills, and not turn their back on the laborers who make this country work.”
Rush Votes in Favor of Preventing Railroad Shutdown