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Senate Moves to Avert Rail Strike Amid Dire Warnings

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has moved quickly to avert a rail strike that the Biden administration and business leaders say would greatly damage the economy.

The Senate passed a bill Thursday to bind rail companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached between the rail companies and union leaders in September.

That settlement had been rejected by some of the 12 unions involved, creating the possibility of a strike.

The Senate vote was 80-15. It came one day after the House voted to impose the agreement.

The measure now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.