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New Transportation Secretary Chao Faces Uphill Battle to Improve U.S. Infrastructure

New Transportation Secretary Chao Faces Uphill Battle to Improve U.S. Infrastructure
Andrew Sheivachman, Skift 
Feb 03, 2017 3:00 pm

The U.S. is one step closer to redeveloping its flagging infrastructure, but the path to truly revamped airports and highways remains unclear.

To the surprise of no one in Washington, Elaine Chao was named the new Secretary of Transportation after a short nomination process.

Chao, the former secretary of labor for the entire presidency of George W. Bush, is a well-respected public servant who happens to be the wife of Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The travel industry at large has expressed support Chao, given her background running the Department of Labor.

“The U.S. travel community applauds the Senate for confirming Elaine Chao to serve as America’s next Secretary of Transportation,” said U.S. Travel president and CEO Roger Dow in a statement. “Secretary Chao brings with her a wealth of experience working with and within the U.S. government and on transportation issues, and will undoubtedly be an extremely effective leader of DOT. It is entirely fitting, first and foremost, to appoint a former Deputy Secretary to the highest post in the U.S. Department of Transportation. Furthermore, Secretary Chao’s tenures as Director of the Peace Corps and as Secretary of Labor cement a deep base of knowledge about what keeps a country connected and thriving.” FULL ARTICLE

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