It's asking for 50% more funding than it received for the current fiscal year.
The effects of a work stoppage could be felt as soon as Dec. 5. Many in the private sector are looking to Congress for a solution.
Working conditions are a major sticking point, particularly draconian schedules, for members of the third-largest railroad union.
A nationwide rail shutdown could cost $2 billion a day, the Association of American Railroads said.
BNSF, the railroad owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, should profit by switching to cheaper natural gas. Buffett's company also has a big stake in natural gas.
BNSF Railway is announcing this morning that it’s trying a new experiment. The railway is going to try running some of its locomotives on natural gas this year, instead of diesel.