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The US House of Representatives passes a bill aimed at preventing the closure of the national railway

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– The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at avoiding a national rail shutdown.

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The lower house approved the resolution in a vote of 290-137, sending it to the Senate for consideration.

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In a second vote, a majority of House members agreed to give rail workers seven days of paid sick leave a year.

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US President Joe Biden issued a statement on Wednesday, urging the Senate to “act urgently.”

“A rail shutdown would be devastating to our economy and families across the country,” Biden warned.

US Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, tweeted Wednesday that he will “demand a vote to guarantee seven paid sick days for all rail workers.”

“At a time of record profits in the rail industry, it is unacceptable for rail workers to be guaranteed ZERO paid sick days,” Sanders wrote.

Railroad workers in the United States could go on strike on December 9 if no agreement is reached. ■

(Xinhua)

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