Congress may step in to avert national railway strike
Why it matters: A shutdown of the nation's rail system threatens to re-tangle supply chains in the U.S. and could cost up to $2 billion a day, according to an industry estimate.
- Amtrak announced Monday that it will be halting trains on three long-distance routes starting Tuesday, per the Washington Post.
What they're saying: “There is a role for Congress if in fact they fail to reach an agreement,” Hoyer said on Bloomberg's "Balance of Power" show. “We can pass legislation if needed."
- "A shutdown of our freight rail system is an unacceptable outcome for our economy and the American people," a White House official said in a statement to Axios.
- "The Administration has been actively engaged, pushing for a resolution. All parties need to stay at the table, resolve outstanding issues and come to an agreement."
Where it stands: Negotiations continued over the weekend between the country's largest freight railroad companies — including Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF, Union Pacific and CSX — and the majority of the unions representing around 115,000 workers.
- They have until Friday when a "cooling off period" will run out and workers could strike.