January 31, 2017

Manchin Votes to Confirm Secretary Chao

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on his vote to confirm the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

“Today I voted to confirm Elaine Chao as the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place. Investments in infrastructure create good paying jobs within our state and better prepare West Virginia to compete in our global economy. When Secretary Chao and I met she pledged to work with me to begin investing in important infrastructure projects like the King Coal Highway, Coalfields Expressway, Corridor H, upgrades of our roads and bridges, and improvements to airport infrastructure and rural airport service. We also discussed the importance of investing in our digital infrastructure by supporting broadband deployment in hard-to-serve places like West Virginia. Secretary Chao understands the needs of rural America are unique and require a different approach than more urban environments and I look forward to working with her.”