Tag: Senate

The House just passed a sweeping and bipartisan bill to boost unions

Its chances aren’t looking good in the Senate, with the big hurdle of the filibuster. By Ella Nilsen for vox.com The US House of Representatives has officially passed a sweeping, bipartisan labor bill, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. Cheered by unions and disliked by businesses, the bill likely cannot pass the Senate without […]

Shippers, unions, railroads take sides at Senate hearing

Senate hearing comes amid ongoing congressional discussion over the reauthorization of the surface transportation bill By Joanna Marsh for freightwaves.com The debate about how much oversight Congress and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) should have regarding freight rail operations and rates took center stage at a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee last week. At one corner was the Association […]

House spending bill would boost transit, Amtrak, highways

By Jessica Wehrman for rollcall.com With Republicans in charge of the Senate and White House, it’s unlikely that all of the measure’s provisions will become law House Democrats’ newest proposal for coronavirus recovery spending would use federal law to compel passengers and workers on Amtrak, transit and airplanes to wear face masks, and would give an […]

Regulator Says U.S. Railroads Still Have Work to Do Installing Key Safety Technology

The railroad industry has installed safety technology on nearly 90% of tracks where it is required, federal officials said Wednesday, but “significant work” is needed to ensure the technology is completely installed by a December 2020 deadline. Federal Railroad Administration chief Ronald Batory told a Senate committee that technology known as positive train control, or […]

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