FMI – The Food Industry Association welcomed the commitment from congressional leaders to pass legislation that would prevent a rail strike from occurring on Dec. 9 after rail stakeholders failed to reach consensus in recent weeks.
“Freight rail networks play a critical role in our nation’s food and consumer goods supply chain, transporting raw materials to manufacturing and processing plants that ultimately produce many of the goods sold on grocery store shelves,” said Jennifer Hatcher, chief public policy officer.
“As we head into the busiest shopping season of the year, Congress must act now to keep our railroads operational. We are encouraged that leaders in the House and Senate have signaled their commitment to passing legislation to avert a rail strike, and we strongly urge lawmakers in both chambers to swiftly approve the bill in bipartisan fashion.
“A potential rail strike would have ramifications for our economy, as well as the food industry’s ability to operate as efficiently as possible to meet consumer demand. As we are in the midst of the busy holiday season, American consumers and businesses cannot afford to have our economy shut down.”
As the food industry association, FMI works with and on behalf of the entire industry to advance a safer, healthier consumer food supply chain. FMI brings together a wide range of members – from retailers that sell to consumers, to producers that supply food and other products, as well as the wide variety of companies providing critical services – to amplify the collective work of the industry.
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