Congress votes to avert rail strike amid dire warnings – Associated Press

Photo: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, center, speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington Legislation to avert what could have been an economically ruinous freight rail strike won final approval in Congress on Thursday as lawmakers responded quickly to President Joe Biden’s call for federal intervention in a long-running labor dispute. The Senate


HOLY COW! HISTORY: An Earlier Rail Strike’s Close Call – Inside Sources

Labor contract negotiations often come down to a game of chicken. Negotiators on both sides go as close to the deadline as they dare until someone blinks. The higher the stakes for the country, the closer to the edge each camp is willing to go. They can make the Cuban Missile Crisis look like child’s


Canada-US Rail Mega-Merger Raises Fears of ‘NAFTA Super Railway’

Call it the “NAFTA Super Railway.” Canadian Pacific (CP)’s acquisition of Kansas City Southern (KCS), combining two class I railroads, would create a mega rail link from the tar sands of western Canada to Vera Cruz on Mexico’s Gulf Coast. The $30 billion plan needs the final approval of the Biden administration’s Surface Transportation Board (STB),


Opinion: No, the Senate Infrastructure Bill is Not a Waste of Money

The Senate infrastructure bill is getting beat up in the media. If you read it, it’s not a waste of money, and it will be a victory lap for President Joe Biden once he signs it into law. But for now, it looks like this: If you’re anti-Democrat, you hate it because it is a


US history shows spending on infrastructure doesn’t always end well

Constructing barge canals took a massive investment that didn’t pay off. New York State Archives Richard White, Stanford University Over the past two centuries, federal, state and municipal governments across the U.S. have launched wave after wave of infrastructure projects. They built canals to move freight in the 1830s and 1840s. Governments subsidized railroads in


Opinion: Biden’s Attack on the Keystone XL Pipeline Is Politics, Not Policy

Joe Biden plans to make good on his promise to phase-out fossil fuels. Reportedly, he will cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day as president. The proposed pipeline would be an additional conduit for as much as 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta’s oils sands into the U.

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