Biden has called on railway workers to accept a labor contract brokered by the White House in September, warning that a strike threatens “crippling” disruption. The president has said Congress should urgently pass legislation forcing workers to adopt the deal.
Pelosi said the legislation would be presented on the House floor Wednesday before going to the Senate.
“We must avoid a strike,” the speaker said.
The comments followed a meeting between Biden, Pelosi, and bipartisan congressional leaders to discuss legislative priorities through the end of 2022.
Biden on Monday said workers should accept the deal in order “to avert a potentially crippling national rail shutdown.”
“As a proud pro-labor President, I am reluctant to override the ratification procedures and the views of those who voted against the agreement,” Biden said in a statement. “But in this case, where the economic impact of a shutdown would hurt millions of other working people and families, I believe Congress must use its powers to adopt this deal.”