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Coming Deadlines: Rail Strike, Federal Budget, and 2023 RVOs

Rail Strike The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote tomorrow to block a railroad workers’ strike and/or a railroad lock out of labor. Currently, the deadline for the “cooling off” period is next Friday, 9 December, at midnight, but potentially hazardous product like anhydrous ammonia could be shut down as early as next Monday without a resolution. The vote in the House would impose the proposal reached in September through the Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) mediation guidance released in August. The Senate would likely take up the bill immediately after the House acts but would have to pass the same language for it to take effect. There are 12 railway unions; eight have accepted the contract and four have...

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