It’s not the pandemic anymore — it’s the economy. And the U.S. economy is teetering precariously as a range of structural challenges confront an administration that still seems to be feeling its way through managing a durable recovery. As the secretary of labor who oversaw releasing the most-watched economic indicator on Wall Street and in...

Transportation infrastructure is critical to our economy, to job growth and to every American’s quality of lifeRecent progress in the legislative effort to enable much-needed improvement of America’s infrastructure is a refreshing contrast to the often unproductive polarizing rancor of 2021. Success on an infrastructure package would boost bipartisanship as well as make a significant, tangible positive difference for generations to come — for all Americans!...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/05/14/stop-anti-asian-hate-appreciate-american-diversity-elaine-chao/5042405001/ On a beautiful spring morning, my day began with a cup of coffee, an enchanting serenade from a songbird outside my kitchen window, and a hateful e-mail entitled: “Go back to China, China woman.” We are Americans. I was born in Taiwan and came to America when I was 8 years old. I received...

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to unleash the full power of the U.S. economy to create jobs and get our country moving again. One of the most underappreciated factors in economic stagnation is the heavy burden imposed on job creators by unnecessary, outdated, and duplicative regulations. The red tape imposed...

Airline passengers have no greater advocate than the U.S. Department of Transportation, which, since the outset of the unprecedented COVID-19 public health emergency, has worked overtime to keep America’s national airspace functioning and safe (“Secretary Chao has authority to require airline refunds, COVID safety. She should use it,” Wednesday, USATODAY.com). This is for the benefit...

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, America’s truckers have worked around the clock to deliver critical goods, food and medical supplies across our country. Without their incredible contributions, our nation’s supply chain would not function and the economy would face even more significant interruptions. More than 70% of domestic freight moves via trucking — connecting...

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the U.S. Department of Transportation is focused on keeping our country’s national airspace operational and safe. That includes protecting consumers, the aviation workforce, and the economic health of the airlines. As Secretary of Transportation, I’m especially concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on airline passengers, many of whom may...

As demand for air travel grows, this Administration through the U.S. Department of Transportation is partnering with state and local governments to invest in our airport infrastructure. Thanks to a robust economy and lower ticket prices, more people can afford to fly to their destinations. Newly released airline traffic estimates show 78.1 million passengers flew...

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