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Congress called on to prevent rail strike; U.S. vs Iran

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Congress is called on to prevent a rail strike; 40 million under severe weather watch; and the U.S. vs. Iran. These stories and more highlight the morning rundown for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022.

Congress called on to prevent rail strike

After months of failed negotiations between the railroads and unions of railroad employees, President Joe Biden said Congress needs to enforce a deal before a strike were to happen.

Back in may, Biden helped negotiate a new worker’s contract with added benefits, including a 24% raise. But some unions say it still isn’t enough.

Congress has the power to override a rail strike and keep the workers working. 

“As a proud pro-labor president, I am reluctant to override the ratification procedures and the views of those who voted against the agreement. 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,” President Biden said in a statement. 

A strike could begin in less than 10 days, so time is ticking for Congress to act.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take up legislation this week and send the bill to the Senate.

Experts project a rail strike would cost the U.S. economy as much as $2 billion per day.

Senate to vote on same-sex marriage bill

Today in the Senate, lawmakers will vote on final passage of the same-sex marriage bill, which is expected to pass. The bill would then go to the House for approval before going to the president’s desk.

The bill will require states to recognize marriages conducted in other states regardless of sex, race, ethnicity or national origin.

Democrats had hoped to codify the 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex unions nationwide in case the Supreme Court overturned the decision, like what happened with Roe v. Wade earlier this year.

SCOTUS to discuss immigration policy

In the highest court Tuesday, a case that pits two Republican states against the Biden administration on immigration policy. The Supreme Court will discuss whether the White House was within its legal boundaries to limit deportations to only migrants who have committed acts of terrorism, espionage, or pose a threat to public safety.

Texas and Louisiana filed a lawsuit that stopped the policy from ever taking effect.

WHO changes monkeypox to m-pox

The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox to avoid what it called racist and stigmatizing language surrounding the infection. It will now be referred to as “m-pox.”

The virus that causes the disease was first found in captive monkeys, which is how monkeypox got its name. But now, experts say the name could deter people from testing and vaccination over a stigma.

The outbreaks largely effect men who have sex with men. And in the U.S., Black and Hispanic people have been disproportionately affected.

40 million Americans under severe weather threat

More than 40 million Americans are under a severe weather threat today. Tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds are all on the table in the south.Iran

The storms are expected to stretch from Texas on over through the Mississippi valley to Georgia beginning this afternoon.

Officials are warning residents in its path that tornadoes are likely to occur overnight, which makes for dangerous and potentially deadly conditions.

The threat level is high for this time of year, something the region sees more so in the spring and summer months than winter.

U.S. and Iran World Cup match up today

Today is the highly anticipated match up between the U.S. and Iran in the World Cup. Tensions between the two “geo-political foes” off the field has created a rivalry match up.

For the U.S. men’s soccer team, it’s win or go home.

The last time the two teams faced off was in 1998 where Iran won 2 to 1 in an upset victory. The two teams will take center stage today at 1 p.m. central.

KARAH RUCKER: PRESIDENT BIDEN IS CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PREVENT A POTENTIAL RAIL STRIKE.
THIS IS YOUR MORNING UPDATE.

CONGRESS CALLED ON TO PREVENT RAIL STRIKE

OUR TOP STORY THIS MORNING. AFTER MONTHS OF FAILED NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE RAILROADS AND UNIONS OF ITS EMPLOYEES, PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS CONGRESS NEEDS TO ENFORCE A DEAL BEFORE A STRIKE WERE TO HAPPEN.

BACK IN MAY, BIDEN HELPED NEGOTIATE A NEW WORKER’S CONTRACT WITH ADDED BENEFITS INCLUDING A 24% RAISE. BUT SOME UNIONS SAY IT STILL ISN’T ENOUGH.

CONGRESS HAS THE POWER TO OVERRIDE A RAIL STRIKE AND KEEP THE WORKERS WORKING.
PRESIDENT BIDEN RELEASING A STATEMENT.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: “As a proud pro-labor President, I am reluctant to override the ratification procedures and the views of those who voted against the agreement. 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.”

RUCKER: A STRIKE COULD BEGIN IN LESS THAN TEN DAYS SO TIME IS TICKING FOR CONGRESS.
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI ALREADY RESPONDING.

SAYING THE HOUSE WILL TAKE UP LEGISLATION THIS WEEK AND THEN IT WOULD GO TO THE SENATE.

A RAIL STRIKE IS PROJECTED TO COST THE US ECONOMY ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN ONE WEEK ALONE.

SENATE TO VOTE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE BILL

TODAY IN THE SENATE, LAW-MAKERS WILL TAKE A FINAL PASSAGE VOTE ON THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BILL WHERE IT IS EXPECTED TO PASS. THE BILL WOULD THEN GO TO THE HOUSE NEXT BEFORE THE PRESIDENT’S DESK.

IT CODIFIES SUPREME COURT RULINGS ON SAME SEX AND INTERRACIAL MARRIAGES BY REQUIRING STATES TO RECOGNIZE LEGAL MARRIAGES REGARDLESS OF SEX, RACE, ETHNICITY OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.

DEMOCRATS ARE PUSHING TO CODIFY IN CASE THOSE SUPREME COURT RULINGS GET OVERTURNED, LIKE WHAT HAPPENED WITH ROE V. WADE EARLIER THIS YEAR.

SCOTUS TO DISCUSS IMMIGRATION POLICY

IN THE HIGHEST COURT TODAY, A CASE THAT PITS TWO REPUBLICAN STATES AGAINST THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ON IMMIGRATION POLICY.

THE SUPREME COURT WILL DISCUSS WHETHER THE WHITE HOUSE WAS WITHIN ITS LEGAL BOUNDARIES TO LIMIT DEPORTATIONS TO ONLY MIGRANTS WHO HAVE COMMITTED ACTS OF TERRORISM, ESPIONAGE, OR POSE A THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

TEXAS AND LOUISIANA FILED A LAWSUIT THAT STOPPED THE POLICY FROM EVER TAKING EFFECT.

W.H.O. CHANGES MONKEYPOX TO MPOX

THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS RENAMED MONKEYPOX TO AVOID WHAT IT CALLED RACIST AND STIGMATIZING LANGUAGE SURROUNDING THE INFECTION.

IT WILL NOW BE REFERRED TO AS “M-POX.”

THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES THE DISEASE WAS FIRST FOUND IN CAPTIVE MONKEYS WHICH IS HOW MONKEYPOX GOT ITS NAME. BUT NOW, EXPERTS SAY THE NAME COULD DETER PEOPLE FROM TESTING AND VACCINATION OVER A STIGMA.

THE OUTBREAKS LARGELY EFFECT MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN. AND IN THE U.S., BLACK AND HISPANIC PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED.

40 MILLION AMERICANS UNDER SEVERE WEATHER

MORE THAN 40 MILLION AMERICANS ARE UNDER A SEVERE WEATHER THREAT TODAY.
TORNADOES, HAIL, AND DAMAGING WINDS ARE ALL ON THE TABLE IN THE SOUTH.

THE STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO STRETCH FROM TEXAS ON OVER THROUGH THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TO GEORGIA BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON.

OFFICIALS ARE WARNING RESIDENTS IN ITS PATH THAT TORNADOES ARE LIKELY TO OCCUR OVERNIGHT, WHICH MAKES FOR DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY DEADLY CONDITIONS.

THE THREAT LEVEL IS HIGH FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, SOMETHING THE REGION SEES MORE SO IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER MONTHS THAN WINTER.

U.S. AND IRAN WORLD CUP MATCH UP TODAY

TODAY IS THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MATCH UP BETWEEN THE U.S. AND IRAN IN THE WORLD CUP. TENSIONS BETWEEN THE TWO “GEO-POLITICAL FOES” OFF THE FIELD HAS CREATED A RIVALRY MATCH-UP.

FOR THE U-S MEN’S SOCCER TEAM, IT’S WIN OR GO HOME.

THE LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS FACED OFF WAS IN 19-98 WHERE IRAN WON 2 TO 1 IN AN UPSET VICTORY.
THE TWO TEAMS WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE TODAY AT 1 P.M. CENTRAL.

Congress is called on to prevent a rail strike; 40 million under severe weather watch; and the U.S. vs. Iran. These stories and more highlight the morning rundown for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022.

Congress called on to prevent rail strike

After months of failed negotiations between the railroads and unions of railroad employees, President Joe Biden said Congress needs to enforce a deal before a strike were to happen.

Back in may, Biden helped negotiate a new worker’s contract with added benefits, including a 24% raise. But some unions say it still isn’t enough.

Congress has the power to override a rail strike and keep the workers working. 

“As a proud pro-labor president, I am reluctant to override the ratification procedures and the views of those who voted against the agreement. 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,” President Biden said in a statement. 

A strike could begin in less than 10 days, so time is ticking for Congress to act.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take up legislation this week and send the bill to the Senate.

Experts project a rail strike would cost the U.S. economy as much as $2 billion per day.

Senate to vote on same-sex marriage bill

Today in the Senate, lawmakers will vote on final passage of the same-sex marriage bill, which is expected to pass. The bill would then go to the House for approval before going to the president’s desk.

The bill will require states to recognize marriages conducted in other states regardless of sex, race, ethnicity or national origin.

Democrats had hoped to codify the 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that legalized same-sex unions nationwide in case the Supreme Court overturned the decision, like what happened with Roe v. Wade earlier this year.

SCOTUS to discuss immigration policy

In the highest court Tuesday, a case that pits two Republican states against the Biden administration on immigration policy. The Supreme Court will discuss whether the White House was within its legal boundaries to limit deportations to only migrants who have committed acts of terrorism, espionage, or pose a threat to public safety.

Texas and Louisiana filed a lawsuit that stopped the policy from ever taking effect.

WHO changes monkeypox to m-pox

The World Health Organization has renamed monkeypox to avoid what it called racist and stigmatizing language surrounding the infection. It will now be referred to as “m-pox.”

The virus that causes the disease was first found in captive monkeys, which is how monkeypox got its name. But now, experts say the name could deter people from testing and vaccination over a stigma.

The outbreaks largely effect men who have sex with men. And in the U.S., Black and Hispanic people have been disproportionately affected.

40 million Americans under severe weather threat

More than 40 million Americans are under a severe weather threat today. Tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds are all on the table in the south.Iran

The storms are expected to stretch from Texas on over through the Mississippi valley to Georgia beginning this afternoon.

Officials are warning residents in its path that tornadoes are likely to occur overnight, which makes for dangerous and potentially deadly conditions.

The threat level is high for this time of year, something the region sees more so in the spring and summer months than winter.

U.S. and Iran World Cup match up today

Today is the highly anticipated match up between the U.S. and Iran in the World Cup. Tensions between the two “geo-political foes” off the field has created a rivalry match up.

For the U.S. men’s soccer team, it’s win or go home.

The last time the two teams faced off was in 1998 where Iran won 2 to 1 in an upset victory. The two teams will take center stage today at 1 p.m. central.

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