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Secretary Chao calls for bipartisan approach to infrastructure investment in the U.S.

  • October 22, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Tuesday’s Nikkei carried an interview with Secretary of Transportation Chao. She reportedly called for bipartisan cooperation in legislating the $2-trillion infrastructure investment bill that the Trump administration and Democrats agreed to pursue in April. Secretary Chao reportedly expressed concern that the momentum for enactment has been lost due to the launch of the impeachment inquiry. She reportedly explained that all members of Congress are worried about the condition and safety of the nation’s transportation system. In a bid to win Democrats’ cooperation for the bill, Secretary Chao allegedly suggested that the Trump administration will not rule out their proposed gasoline tax hike as a way to finance infrastructure investment.


According to the business daily, Secretary Chao projected that her department will soon make a final decision on new auto emissions regulations, explaining that under the new rules “automakers will not be forced to make massive investments in cars for which there is no demand.”


Commenting on the imperial enthronement ceremony, Secretary Chao reportedly said she was greatly honored to attend the event and has been following the life of Empress Masako since they both graduated from Harvard University.  

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