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Rail stakeholders: Tough road ahead for infrastructure bill

(Source: Freight Waves, July 7, 2020)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The multibillion-dollar infrastructure bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, but whether it can make it through the Republican-controlled Senate to President Donald Trump’s desk is less clear. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act on a largely party-line vote of 233-188 last Wednesday, and the bill now is in the U.S. Senate. “While the vote represents a victory for the safety and job security of American rail workers, the true test of support for the rail workers will come as the legislation moves into the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate,” said Dennis Pierce, president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET). “BLET’s membership must be prepared to lobby even harder to get this legislation over the finish line.”

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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