WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary Elaine Chao’s Department of Transportation reportedly handed out over $7.5 million in funding to projects of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) America’s Marine Highway Program, including $480,000 to the Barge Marine Highway Project in Kentucky.
“Looks like Elaine Chao’s New Year’s resolution is the same as it was last year: turn Paducah, Kentucky into a personal swamp for her and her husband Mitch McConnell,” said Lizzy Price, director of Restore Public Trust. “Chao has a clear track record of favoring Paducah and other Kentucky towns, ignoring the needs of other cities across the nation in hopes of boosting her husband Mitch McConnell’s re-election chances. Enough is enough.”
“The Transportation Inspector General is already looking into Chao’s pattern of unfair Kentucky favoritism. It’s time the House Oversight Committee included this charge of corruption in its investigation, as well.”
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced more than $7.5 million in grants to nine Marine Highway projects.
The funding, provided by MARAD’s America’s Marine Highway Program, will go towards enhancing existing services in Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington
“This $7.5 million investment will improve our country’s vital fuel-efficient waterway transportation system, which makes an important contribution to exports and economic growth,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.