By KEVIN FREKING and JOSH FUNK Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to avert a freight rail strike in the United States is headed to President Joe Biden's desk.

A bill to avoid the strike won final approval Thursday, clearing the Senate in a bipartisan vote.

The bill will bind rail companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached between the rail companies and union leaders in September.

That settlement had been rejected by four of the 12 unions involved, creating the possibility of a strike.

The Senate vote was 80-15 and came one day after the House voted to impose the agreement.

Biden has vowed to sign it quickly.


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