Hoeven Statement on Vote to Avert a Rail Strike

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate voted to avert a rail strike. The Senator supported an amendment to provide the parties with additional time to negotiate, but it was blocked. 

“Over the past several months, we have urged all parties to reach a good faith agreement and avert a rail strike, and today supported an amendment to provide them with an additional 60 days for negotiations, but it was blocked. Given the serious impacts that a disruption of rail service would have in North Dakota and across the nation, Congress was forced to act and approve the negotiated agreement to prevent a strike. At the same time, Congress should not set the precedent of renegotiating specific aspects of labor agreements. We are already three years into this five-year labor agreement, so the workers and railroads can negotiate for any additional changes as part of their next labor agreement in two years.”