When the new administration takes over in Washington there will be a new Transportation Secretary. That will be Elaine Chao. Chao is a Washington veteran having served in high-level positions in previous Republican administrations. And unlike many of the new president’s appointments her confirmation hearing was uneventful and she enjoys wide bipartisan support. Chao promised senators a more detailed plan within 30 days on how the administration would make good on a campaign pledge to invest $1 trillion to rebuild America’s aging infrastructure. And it was notable that she admitted that at least some of that would be taxpayer dollars. That’s important because some Republicans had talked about a vague idea to fund these public investments solely through private sources.
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