Chao receives full committee support on DOT nomination

By Jami Jones, Land Line managing editor | 1/24/2017

The nomination of Elaine Chao as Secretary of the Department of Transportation is smoother than the highways the department oversees. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee unanimously voted on Tuesday to report Chao’s nomination on to the Senate.

Chao’s nomination now heads to the floor of the full Senate for a confirmation vote. Notably, Chao’s nomination has been widely supported by both Republicans and Democrats. Her confirmation hearing before the full committee on Jan. 11 was testimony to her wide appeal.

One of the least controversial Cabinet picks, Chao has previously served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor and deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. She is a known equation in Washington, D.C.

Chao said safety is her top priority for the agency – which oversees all modes of transportation. In tackling the crumbling infrastructure and the Highway Trust Fund, Chao was very pro public-private partnerships in her various responses during the confirmation hearing.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is ready to go to work with Chao and her team if confirmed.

“Chao’s previous experience should assist in successfully bringing an infrastructure bill from discussion to reality,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “We look forward to addressing all the vital issues involving small-business truckers and highway safety regulations as well and hope the Senate will confirm her as soon as possible.”

The vote on Chao’s confirmation by the full Senate is rumored to happen quickly.

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