Transition - Transportation and Trade

Dec 19, 2008

The U.S. Chamber released two statements from Tom Donohue today as President-elect Obama rounded out his team:

on the selection of former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to serve as U.S. Trade Representative:

At a time when trade has been a rare bright spot for the U.S. economy, we welcome President-elect Obama's emphasis on the need to ‘expand our efforts to promote American enterprise around the world.'  The Chamber is eager to support him, Bill Richardson, and now Ron Kirk in this important work. During his time in Washington, Austin, and Dallas, Ron Kirk demonstrated a keen understanding of the benefits of trade as an engine for growth and jobs. Rebuilding the bipartisan consensus on trade will be job one as U.S. Trade Representative, but in the end, his mission will be to open overseas markets to American goods and services. Finding consensus at home is essential, but leveling the trade playing field for American workers, farmers and companies will be the true measure of success.

on Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL) serving as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation:

The United States is facing a multitude of transportation infrastructure challenges that threaten our nation's economic stability, competitiveness, and potential for job growth. Next year Congress and the administration will have a full slate of critical transportation legislation to address, presenting an opportunity to maintain, modernize and expand the nation's transportation system. Our elected officials will have to make some tough choices and Congressman's LaHood's track record of working across the aisle will help get the job done. The U.S. Chamber stands ready to work together with Congressman LaHood and the transportation team to enact meaningful legislation that addresses the United States' transportation infrastructure challenges, as well as supports the needs of the 21st century economy.

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