Chao, Expected to Earn Easy Confirmation as USDOT Secretary, Talks about Infrastructure Investment

ABC News reports, “The incoming Trump administration is looking to ‘unleash the potential’ of private investors to boost the national transportation networks that underpin the U.S. economy, the president-elect’s pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, told lawmakers Wednesday [January 11]. Economic gains are being ‘jeopardized’ by aging infrastructure, rising highway fatalities, growing congestion and a failure to keep pace with emerging technologies, Chao testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Chao, 63, is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate.”

The New York Times says Chao got a “cozy reception” at her confirmation hearing.