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Senate Sends Elaine Chao to Trump's Cabinet, 93-6

President's pick for transportation secretary sails through nomination
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2017 12:50 PM CST

(Newser) – Republicans might be telling Democrats to "stop acting like idiots" in boycotting votes on some of President Trump's Cabinet picks, but it's been smooth sailing for one nominee: Elaine Chao will be the next secretary of Transportation after the Senate resoundingly confirmed her Tuesday on a 93-6 vote, reports Politico. Chao—the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted "present"—is what Politico terms "among the most qualified and least controversial nominees" the president has put forth.

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She has a long resume that includes a stint as labor secretary in former President George W. Bush's Cabinet. She will head Trump's plans to sink $1 trillion into infrastructure projects, notes the AP. Senate Democrats Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley, Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren voted against her. (Read more Elaine Chao stories.)

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