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White House Still Eyeing Gas Tax Hike to Pay for Infrastructure Plan

from The Hill

The White House is still considering raising the federal gasoline tax to pay for President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure package, despite resistance from Republicans, according to the Republican chairman of a House subcommittee. The administration, which is preparing to unveil its long-awaited infrastructure proposal on Capitol Hill next month, has been scrambling to identify potential offsets for the massive rebuilding effort. President Trump met with Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and other key transportation leaders in the Oval Office this week to discuss the infrastructure plan. One funding idea that has been floated by the White House is raising the federal fuel tax — a politically risky move that hasn’t been done in more than 20 years. Influential conservative groups and many Republicans remain staunchly opposed to any increase. more

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