Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding theconfirmation of Elaine Chao as the 18th United States Secretary of Transportation:
“Secretary Chao’s confirmation by a 93-6 vote is a testament to her leadership ability, prior service to our country, and vision for rebuilding America’s transportation network. I count Elaine as a close friend and look forward to working with her to meet Southern California’s infrastructure needs, especially the 57/60 confluence project,” said Chairman Royce.
Chairman Royce, who represents the Congressional district that encompasses the 57/60 confluence, has been a longtime advocate for fixing the freeways. Both former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Chairman Bill Shuster of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have visited the confluence at Chairman Royce’s invitation to observe the gridlock. Chairman Royce has also wrote letters to the Department of Transportation in support of the 57/60 being included in the Primary Freight Network, which assisted Diamond Bar during its successful TIGER grant bid.
Elaine Chao, the former United States Secretary of Labor, is the first Asian American woman to serve as a Cabinet secretary.