USDA Grain Transportation Report (12/1): USDA Secretary Urges Congressional Action to Avert Rail Shutdown

According to today's USDA Grain Transportation Report, on November 28, the USDA Secretary issued a statement on the possibility of an imminent nationwide rail stoppage.

He expressed agreement with the President “in calling on Congress to quickly pass legislation adopting the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators—without any modifications or delay—to avert a potentially crippling national rail shutdown.”

The Secretary also cautioned, “There is no time to waste on political gamesmanship or the search for a more perfect resolution.”

The press release further noted “A rail shutdown would have significant and long-lasting effects on some sectors of American food and agriculture and could be devastating to parts of our economy.”