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Senate Confirms Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary

| January 31, 2017

The United States Senate  has confirmed Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary with a 93-6 vote.

Chao is a former Assistant Secretary of Transportation and Labor Secretary, and seems to win praise from both sides of the political isle.

According to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who heads the committee that reviewed Chao’s nomination,  “It would be hard to come up with a more qualified nominee than Secretary Chao for this important role. Secretary Chao has repeatedly proven her willingness to roll up her sleeves to address the challenges facing our nation.”

In terms of what’s next, President Trump has proposed $1 trillion during the next decade for construction of roads, bridges and airports.

Funding those projects is another matter. Trump has also proposed that tax credits could spur private investment on public projects, which airline executives support for airports.

Chao was born in Taiwan ad came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 8. She graduated from Mount Holyoake College andMount Holyoake College She served as Director of the Peace Corps and CEO of United Way of America.

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