Elaine Chao promises to protect Jones Act

Donald Trump’s pick to run the transport department, Elaine Chao, has vowed to uphold the Jones Act, the US’s long held legislation that keeps local shipping and shipbuilding jobs in place.

Chao, who served as labour secretary under President George W Bush from 2001 to 2009, told politicians today: “The Jones Act is the law of the land, and it will be obeyed unless the Congress changes its mind on that.”

Chao also promised to take an interest in upping the spend on the United States Merchant Marine Academy if appointed to transport secretary.

Chao’s father, James Chao, is founder of the Foremost Group, an international shipping company.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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