U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, released a statement Jan. 31 to congratulate Elaine Chao after she was confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation by the Senate.

“I am pleased that, unlike many of the individuals that President Trump has nominated to the highest posts in government, Secretary Chao takes this position with a background in transportation issues and previous experience running a federal agency.”

Carper said infrastructure has been an issue where potential for bipartisan cooperation existed.

“It is my hope that Secretary Chao will now be able to work with Congress to find the common ground necessary to develop a responsible infrastructure bill that provides real funding to repair and maintain our many deficient roads and bridges and complete major transit, bridge, tunnel and water projects across the country that will create jobs and transform our economy.”