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Senator Sherrod Brown defends Union Rail contract Democrats voted for

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Sunday defended the Democrats’ vote to impose a union contract on railroad workers to avoid a possible strike, citing the potential negative impact of a rail closure on the US economy.

President Joe Biden had called on Congress to pass a contract between unions and railroads before the December 9 strike deadline. All Senate Democrats voted to have the contract include seven sick days, except for Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.). The measure won the support of six Republicans.

“If there had been a strike, hundreds of thousands, maybe more, of workers would have been out of work for a long time,” Brown told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have to look at the whole economy, but I will never lose my focus on the workers who didn’t get as good a deal as we would have liked.”

Brown added that he would continue to work with the White House and Republicans to resolve the issue.

Brown’s 2024 re-election chances appear to have been weakened by Democrat Tim Ryan’s failure to defeat Republican JD Vance for Ohio’s other Senate seat.

The midterm election was another manifestation of the political realignment that has taken place in the state over the past decade. Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, won the gubernatorial race with more than 60% of the vote. The state has voted for Trump in the last two presidential elections.

But Brown, a progressive populist in power since 2006, argued that Ohio is still a swing state.

“Of course it is. I’m not worried,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I know it’s still a challenge, but I’m going to do my job.”

Brown, who chairs the Senate Banking Committee, also pushed back on criticism that Congress failed to protect Americans investing in crypto after the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX last month, which left more than a million creditors empty-handed.

“To say that Congress did nothing is not entirely accurate. We did a series of hearings exposing crypto issues, issues for consumers, issues for our economy here, and issues internationally and for our national security. We will continue that,” Brown said.

He added that he “would love to do something legislatively.”

“I don’t know if Congress is capable of that because of crypto’s stranglehold on a political party in the Senate and the House,” he said.

The Huffington Gt

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