January 09, 2017

Senator Duckworth Meets With Transportation Secretary Nominee Elaine Chao


WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Elaine Chao, the nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which Senator Duckworth serves on, is scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing for Secretary Chao this Wednesday. Photos and video footage of the Senator's meeting with Secretary Chao are available here. Following the meeting, Senator Duckworth released the following statement:

"Secretary Chao and I had a good conversation this morning about the importance of investing in our nation's infrastructure and creating good-paying jobs that can't be outsourced,"said Senator Duckworth."If confirmed, I hope that Secretary Chao and I will be in close contact to ensure the Department of Transportation canbest serve the people of Illinois as well as maintain the Department'scritical role funding major infrastructure projects in our state, a role which has only grown in importance in the absence of a state budget. I also invited Secretary Chao to visit our state so she can see some of the critical upgrades we are making first-hand, and I hope she will take me up on the invitation if she is confirmed. I am looking forward to hearing her testimony before the Commerce Committee this week, and hope she takes the opportunity to share her views on these issues and others with the American people."