Chao confirmed as Secretary of Transportation

Posted on 01/31/2017 by David Radke

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On the final day of January, the U.S. Senate confirmed Elaine Chao as the 18th Secretary of Transportation. As anticipated, Chao garnered wide support from Democratic and Republican senators.

Chao now finds herself leading a second government agency in her career. She previously led the Department of Labor during the entirety of the George W. Bush administration and served as deputy secretary of transportation in the George H.W. administration. She is one of the few members of Trump's cabinet to have prior government experience.

That background will come in handy as Chao prepares to tackle what may be one of the largest undertakings in DOT's history. According to Heavy Duty Trucking, Chao's first priority will be working with Congress to develop and possibly implement a $1 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by President Trump.

One of Chao's other priorities will be to ensure regulations don't hamper the trucking industry. Recently, Trump signed an executive order that mandates agencies eliminate two rules for every new rule proposed, The Washington Post reported. It'll be interesting to see if and how that affects any FMCSA regulations that haven't been finalized.

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