Economics/Class Relations

AOC Votes to Avoid Railroad Strike After Telling Workers to ‘Stay Strong’

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The House successfully voted Wednesday to pass legislation aimed at blocking a rail strike that President Joe Biden had warned could spur a “crippling” national shutdown.

A vast majority of Democrats, 211, voted in favor of the resolution and were joined by 79 Republicans. Meanwhile, eight Democrats did break with their party and joined the 129 Republicans who voted against it.

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the majority of lawmakers who backed passing the legislation that notably did not include provisions for paid sick leave. A separate measure that also passed the House Wednesday, however, did include such provisions by giving rail workers seven paid days of sick leave each year.

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