Trump pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, signals support for private innovation

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11:  Elaine Chao testifies during her confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. secretary of transportation before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee as her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (2nd L) looks on, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Chao, who has previously served as secretary of the Labor Department, was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Chao also addressed questions and concerns around tech innovation in transportation, specifically touching on autonomous vehicles, connected infrastructure, drones and more. In initial statements, Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) noted that the next U.S. secretary of transportation would have “a unique opportunity to show federal leadership in the advancement of… Read More

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