AED’s McGuire: Chao Confirmation Puts Us Closer to Infrastructure Solution

Brian P. McGuire, president and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors, issued the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Elaine Chao to be U.S. Secretary of Transportation. 

“AED congratulates Elaine Chao on her confirmation to serve as President Trump’s Transportation Secretary.  Unfortunately, Secretary Chao is inheriting an untenable situation—a neglected transportation infrastructure and a Highway Trust Fund that’s set for insolvency.  After years of underinvestment, Secretary’s Chao’s leadership is needed more than ever to implement President Trump’s bold infrastructure vision.”

“The construction equipment industry is ready to rebuild the country.  Our leaders can’t sit by and watch our nation’s infrastructure continue to crumble, our international competitiveness suffer, and economic growth sputter, as the federal government continues to put off tough decisions for the next generation.  I’m confident that with Secretary Chao at the helm of the Department of Transportation, we’re one step closer to a bold, innovative plan to rebuild America.”


AED is an international trade association representing companies involved in the distribution, rental, and support of equipment used in construction, mining, energy, forestry, power generation, agriculture, and industrial applications.  More information is available at


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