WASHINGTON, D.C. The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to confirm Elaine Chao to run the U.S. Transportation Department, the agency that overseas aviation, vehicle, train and pipeline safety. Chao served as U.S. labor secretary under former President George W. Bush, and deputy transportation secretary under President H.W. Bush. She also served as director of the Peace Corps. She will face key decisions on how to regulate the growing use of drones and automakers’ plans to offer self-driving cars. She will be a key player in the Trump administration’s plans to win approval for a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal over 10 years. The department has a $75 billion annual budget and around 60,000 employees and includes the Federal Aviation Administration, which handles air traffic control.
RALEIGH The N.C. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee is meeting Wednesday morning, working on its budget proposal after initially announcing an aggregate spending level of $22.9 billion that matches the total appropriations level as […]
BATON ROUGE, La. Search-and-rescue operations were still underway Tuesday in Louisiana, where at least nine people have died in flooding that damaged about 40,000 homes, state officials said.Emergency crews have already plucked more than […]
RIYADH/DOHA — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday it was time for Iranian-backed militias and their Iranian advisers who helped Iraq defeat Islamic State to “go home”, after a rare joint meeting […]