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GOP leaders reject gas tax increase after Trump floats the ideakl

GOP leaders reject gas tax increase after Trump floats the ideakl

Chicago Tribune
Damian Paletta, Erica Werner writers for Washington Post
January 10, 2018, 4:49pm

President Donald Trump privately suggested massively increasing the gas tax to help fund a national infrastructure overhaul, but Republican leaders in Congress moved quickly to shut down the idea.

During a White House meeting with House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, R-Pa., several weeks ago, Trump mused about a gas tax increase to 50-cents per gallon, almost triple the current level, according to a person briefed on the exchange who requested anonymity to discuss White House deliberations.

A spokesperson for Shuster declined to comment on conversations with the White House, and the White House also declined to comment on the exchange.

Trump, cabinet members and GOP leaders also discussed the gas tax increase during joint meetings this weekend in Camp David. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who attended the meetings, would not reveal who raised the subject of raising the gas tax, but he said there was no ambiguity about how Congress planned to proceed... FULL ARTICLE

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