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ACC Supports President Biden’s Call for Congressional Action to Prevent Rail Strike

Scott Jensen

WASHINGTON (November 29, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) supports President Biden’s call for Congress to pass legislation to implement the Tentative Agreement between union leadership and railroads to avoid a crippling shutdown of the nation’s freight rail system. 

“We understand this is a challenging situation and we commend President Biden for directly engaging with Congress to find a solution,” said Chris Jahn, ACC’s president and CEO.

Chris Jahn, ACC President and CEO
Chemical manufacturers are less than a week away from being unable to transport chemicals critical to everyday life as railroads start to restrict service in advance of the strike deadline. Many of these chemical shipments are needed to protect public health and safety, including water treatment and to support every segment of the economy – from farms to factories.

U.S. chemical manufacturers are one of largest users of freight rail – shipping more than 33,000 carloads per week worth $2.8 billion. Many chemical facilities would be forced to curtail production or shut down within the first week of a rail service embargo.

“Time is running short, and the stakes are too high,” said Jahn. “We urge Congress to prevent a strike from triggering an economic catastrophe by quickly passing legislation based on the terms that labor leaders and railroads agreed to in September.”  

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.

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