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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Isakson: Chao Positive for Georgia

Understands transportation, labor; will aid commerce

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today voted to support the nomination of Elaine L. Chao to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Senate confirmed Chao by a vote of 93-6 with one senator – Chao’s husband, Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – voting “present.”

“Elaine Chao understands the transportation needs of the 21st century as well as the labor and cost requirements to deliver results for taxpayers,” said Isakson. “Transportation is vital to Georgia’s economic growth and we must continue to help support commerce through investments in our ports, highways, airports and railroads. Secretary Chao will serve as a steady hand in our government who will implement the long-term highway bill passed in 2015 that authorizes important traffic relief, safety improvement and maintenance projects for Georgia’s highways. Secretary Chao has served our country under multiple administrations as secretary of labor and as deputy secretary of transportation, in addition to serving as director of the United Way and of the U.S. Peace Corps. I was delighted to support her today.”