The House passed new legislation on Wednesday that would block a potential rail strike. President Joe Biden had previously warned that such a strike could lead to a “crippling” national shutdown.
The resolution passed with 211 Democratic votes and 79 Republican votes in favor. There were eight Democrats who voted against the resolution aligning with the 129 Republicans who did not support it.
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one of the lawmakers who supported the legislation despite its lack of a provision for sick leave. Sick leave is a separate measure that was also passed on Wednesday in the House. In that second resolution, rail workers were given seven paid days of sick leave per year.
That second measure was supported by all Democrats and three Republicans namely, Representatives Don Bacon of Nebraska, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and John Katko of New York.
Previously Ocasio-Cortez had tweeted that she supported the need for rail workers to have the “basic dignity of paid sick days.”
She had also tweeted that if Congress was to intervene, it should only do so in support of the workers and support their demands. She has also previously responded to union tweets thanking them for their efforts and saying that “we’ve got your back” regarding the sick leave provisions.