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Councilman believes ports have taken "another step closer to a lockout."
Employers "hopeful that this will allow us to move toward conclusion of an agreement in the near term."
The Taft-Hartley Act gives presidents ability to intervene in damaging work stoppages such as the one engulfing West Coast ports.
Congress passed a 7-day extension to keep the department running while negotiations over immigration dispute continue.
Texas’s exports reached $289 billion and California topped $174.1 billion in export value for 2014.
Economy grew at 2.2% pace, government says.