Trump DOT pick Chao a step closer to securing Transportation Secretary spot

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Updated Jan 25, 2017
Elaine Chao testified before the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation committee January 11.Elaine Chao testified before the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation committee January 11.

Elaine Chao, President Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Transportation, received committee-level approval Tuesday. The Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation committee voted to favorably recommend Chao’s nomiation — the first step toward her confirmation as Transportation Secretary.

Her nomination now moves to the full Senate. For Chao to be confirmed to run the DOT and serve in Trump’s Cabinet, a majority vote is needed in the Senate. Chao’s confirmation is expected to see little opposition.

The Senate calendar shows the full Senate will take up Chao’s nomination next week.

Chao said earlier this month during her confirmation hearing she intends to make infrastructure funding and more sensible regulations top priorities as DOT Secretary.

See CCJ‘s coverage of Chao’s hearing at this link.