- White House officials and Biden himself have pressed rail carriers and unions. to reach an agreement
- The clocking is ticking before a Friday deadline to avert a possible freight rail shutdown.
- Biden, an outspoken supporter of union, finds himself in a tricky spot politically.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden faces a narrowing window to avert a strike from freight railroad workers that could further strain supply chains and deliver a damaging blow to Democrats before the midterm elections.
Top aides and Biden himself were in touch with railroad companies and union representatives late into Monday evening and Tuesday in a push to avoid a shutdown, according to the White House.