Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) justified Democrats’ decision on Sunday to force rail workers into union contracts in order to prevent a potential strike by pointing out the potential negative effects of a rail shutdown on the American economy.
Prior to a strike deadline of December 9, President Joe Biden urged Congress to approve a union-rail network pact. All Senate Democrats, with the exception of Sen. Joe Manchin, voted in favor of the agreement’s seven sick days (D-W.Va.). Six Republicans voted for the proposal.
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“Hundreds of thousands, perhaps more, employees would have been out of work for a significant amount of time if there had been a strike,” Brown said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
We must consider the entire economy, but I will never lose sight of the workers who didn’t receive the favorable treatment we would have liked to see.
In order to address the problem, Sherrod Brown emphasized that he will keep collaborating with Republicans and the White House. Brown’s chances of winning reelection in 2024 look to have been diminished by Democrat Tim Ryan’s inability to unseat Republican J.D. Vance for Ohio’s second Senate seat.
The state’s political realignment over the previous ten years was once again on display in the midterm elections. Republican candidate Gov. Mike DeWine won the governor’s contest with more than 60% of the vote. Trump received support from the state in the last two presidential elections. Ohio is still a swing state, according to Brown, a progressive populist who has been in office since 2006.
Naturally, it is. I’m not concerned,” Sherrod Brown assured Jake Tapper of CNN. “I realize it’s difficult every time, but I’m going about doing my job,” he said.
Following the fall of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX last month, which left over a million debtors without any money, Brown, the chair of the Senate Banking Committee, fought back against claims that Congress failed to protect Americans investing in bitcoin.