Elaine Chao, Trump’s pick to lead DOT, names broad top priorities ahead of Jan. 11 Senate hearing

| January 05, 2017
Elaine Chao headed the Department of Labor between 2001 and 2009. She's been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to run the DOT during his presidency.

Elaine Chao headed the Department of Labor between 2001 and 2009. She’s been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to run the DOT during his presidency.

Elaine Chao, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Transportation, will appear before a Senate committee next week as part of the nomination and confirmation process for Trump’s incoming administration.

The Senate’s Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a nomination hearing Jan. 11 to question Chao prior to voting on her confirmation.

Trump named Chao as his pick for Secretary of Transportation in late November. She was Secretary of Labor during the entirety of President George W. Bush’s presidency, 2001-2009.

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In a questionnaire given to Chao by the Senate ahead of her hearing, Chao says the top priorities for her DOT will be infrastructure repairs and expansions, bridging the disparities between urban and rural transportation and “good stewardship on behalf of the American people.”

“This means effective enforcement of safety measures; getting the most benefit from the Department’s expenditures, including strengthening its planning and acquisition practices; and preparing for the future by considering new technologies in our infrastructure,” Chao wrote.

The hearing will be held at 10:15 a.m. Eastern time in Room 253 of the Senate’s Russell Building.

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Truckseller
Truckseller

I could care less where she's from unless she's running for president. If she doesn't get input from us and use COMMON SENSE, a commodity in short supply in Washington, it will be more of the same. I keep telling my fellow truckers, we have the power to do something...I would like to see all freight for a period of one week, stopped in all capital cities in this country...no toilet paper, no gas, no groceries, no trash pick up...NOTHING involving a truck. In capital cities only! It will not bankrupt anyone, but at the end of the week we WILL have the legislator's ears...believe me. It's simple, but will it happen? Probably not....but sometimes thinking about it gets me through the day!

gunslinger nut
gunslinger nut

She was secretary of labor under George Bush and served for the entire 8 years of his presidency. She is the wife of Senate majority leader Mitch McConell. She was born in Taiwan ( an ally of ours) and her family reunited here when she was a child.

mfoltz8968
mfoltz8968

I could be wrong, but wasn't she Superintendent of DC Schools? I may be thinking of the wrong person.

gunslinger nut
gunslinger nut

I know what you mean about too many people breathing down your neck. I have left jobs for too much of that crap. Problem is now the heavy breathers are not in the dreaded private sector. They are over paid government employees. The government is the largest employer in the U S,

both state and federal. I used to love trucking but just like every thing else the government touches it has been ruined.

Truckseller
Truckseller

Problem is, and I voted for Trump, whether I need to have an ELD or not is not going to rank up there with ISIS, unemployment, border security, etc.. He will be, as most presidents, far too removed to change much on a low level like we need. Our only hope is SHE will listen to input from US, the guys on the ground!

gunslinger nut
gunslinger nut

@Truckseller I hear ya, but remember it was us the DEPLORABLES who did the heavy lifting to get him over the finish line. He won't forget it.

Truckseller
Truckseller

Man, I hope you're right. It would be about time the people that make the country run, were heard. I used to love trucking because "freedom of the road" was a reality. Now days, its as bad as being in an office....with the penalties for screwing up a lot worse. I think I speak for most truckers when I say, I just want to be left alone to do my job...I know when Im tired and I'll sleep, let the scales be for the safety of the motoring public by keeping the unsafe trucks off the road, not revenue machines for the government, and finally, rearrange the rules for freight brokers, who in my opinion, have done more to ruin the rates than anything else. How about a law that says, anyone brokering freight must own and operate at least 2 trucks in the Same

area as he is brokering freight. At least they have a clue what it costs to run a truck. I'm tired of seeing 75,000# oversized loads being offered at $2.50 a mile....the trucker, as usual, gets crap, and the broker pockets the money!

Truckseller
Truckseller

I'm just a deplorable owner operator trying to make a living with as LITTLE government interference as possible.

gunslinger nut
gunslinger nut

@Truckseller Good luck driver. It will take a while to drain the swamp but we can at least see the light now.

gunslinger nut
gunslinger nut

Pretty Lady and smart too! Don't forget who her boss is going to be and I know Mr Trump despises red tape and over regulation. It won't be crash the gate at 98 but a lot of the horse crap is going to be smoldering on the wayside. Mr. Trump reminds me of my old boss Mr. Arthur Imperator, president of APA Transport Inc.now defunct. If you worked hard for Mr. Arthur, you never had to worry about a job. He would take care of you like a son. If you were a laggard, look out! Mr. Trump has had extensive experience with regulators and bureaucrats and i am sure a lot of them are about to find out what it is like to have a real job!

RLDV9
RLDV9

@gunslinger nut Trump knows a little about defunct companies to, how many times has he filed bankruptcy or the companies he owned, 4-5-6 times.

gunslinger nut
gunslinger nut

@RLDV9 @gunslinger nut Mr. Trump didn't make the laws of business, but he knows how to use them to his advantage. Bankruptcy is just another tool in the box. You use it if you have to.  I have worked for companies that had magnetic signs on the door before and my paycheck came from a holding company. Magnetic signage because of operating under several names. Like I said, whatever it takes.

RLDV9
RLDV9

@gunslinger nut @RLDV9 Filling bankruptcy is just a tool, haven't really heard that one before. If you where one of the one's to get stuck with not getting paid, would you say, just part of doing business, i didn't really need my money anyway. Do you think that you or any regular person out here could file bankruptcy, as many times as Trump has.

gunslinger nut
gunslinger nut

@RLDV9 @gunslinger nut He has not personally filed for bankruptcy. Companies he has bought  and business ventures that were not successful have filed . I can somewhat relate to what you are saying having worked for a company that went belly up. I was a teamster employee and worked for a company for four years . The one with the magnetic signage on the doors. I did the work , I paid my dues, but the union failed to collect the pension fund contributions. They kept the moneys that were paid but said I had a break in service and when I finally did retire I end up with 26 years credit for 30 years of work. 

RLDV9
RLDV9

@gunslinger nut @RLDV9 Don't really matter if he personally filled bankruptcy, the point is he was running the companies that filed, he didn't buy them, he started them and they failed. From what i have read he sold some of the companies he started that failed later.

gunslinger nut
gunslinger nut

@RLDV9 @gunslinger nut Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all. Not every thing we all do is always successful however by and large he has been very sucessful with the bulk of his endevors. Tens of thousands of people earn a very good living employed by Trumps various enterprises. Could you please cite the companies that he ran into the ground? If they failed after he sold them is that his fault? You sound like an Obama / Clinton voter. How sucessful have those two been in the business world? Oh, I forgot niether of them have ever been in the private sector and have never created any real productive jobs.

RLDV9
RLDV9

@gunslinger nut Like i said you wouldn't be thinking Trump is all that great {as he says about himself all the time} if you were one of the people that got shafted by Trump. I think he has filed on a couple of his casinos . He didn't have that one in Indio very long.

wimop
wimop

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bigrphillips
bigrphillips

Yep...well this is gonna be a waste of time! Its like putting a Mc Donalds manager in charge of FEMA! 😮

cplll
cplll

I bet the ata has already been offering Paid vacations and their full cooperation and years of trucking experience to her to help .

Truckseller
Truckseller

It won't be any different as far as us owner/drivers are concerned until one of two things happen...a person DEEPLY involved in the trucking industry is in charge, or this same person has the ear of the person in charge. I'm afraid Ms. Chaos with the best intentions, will be so out of touch with the life of a trucker, it will be the same old bull...people making laws affecting the lives of people they have no clue about. There is only one way to get their attention...and that is to disrupt he flow of freight...there is NOTHING ether swarm soon before it's too late!else that is going to work. It's like bees...when there is only one buzzing around, not much threat...but when they swarm...look out!!! We need to swarm....soon!!! ELD's are around the corner...so are speed limiters and DRIVER facing cameras.....b

WilliamWomack
WilliamWomack

Just to explain my position on one of many issues and as a professional tractor trailer driver since 1987, DOT needs me to help them understand. Imagine the four wheelers, car operator, having to take monthly certifications to maintain driving privileges , retrictions on them to the 2 right lanes, use technology to control the speed of their car in Every speed limit. Where there are split speed limits, the cars must go slower. Now are we getting the big picture on how DOT lacks common sense in there intellectual thinking. Feel free to pay me for more consulting. William Scott Womack. 540-529-7336. Please note "The Smith System " rights is owned. Well I own these ideas and can only be used if you pay me. GOD BLESS.

Cliff Downing
Cliff Downing

I am starting to hear a Pete Townshend echo from the song "Won't Get Fooled Again" ......  "Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss".  Sounds like the same blather we hear every elections cycle.  Never give anything concrete, just speak in vague generalities that mean little in the end. 

Truckman
Truckman

I can only hope she spends some time,and some THOUGHT on what America's Truckers can tell her about our roads and trucking today. I suspect some one on one discussions with a variety of professional Truckers would shift some of her priorities.