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House Republican floats new tax as opening bid to spark infrastructure bill

House Republican floats new tax as opening bid to spark infrastructure bill

The Washington Times
By Gabriella Muñoz
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW:

Rep. Sam Graves, the top Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, has offered up a new tax on every mile traveled in cars or trucks to help pay for roughly $1 trillion for badly needed highway, bridge and other infrastructure projects.

Mr. Graves floated the vehicle mileage tax, or VMT, despite the inevitable blowback he will receive from the party’s anti-tax base.

It is a bold opening bid compared to the Democrats’ top tax writer, Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts, who said they want to wait for President Trump to make the first move on paying for infrastructure.

“The president doesn’t pass legislation,” Mr. Graves, of Missouri, told The Washington Times. “I think Congress needs to step up and let’s do our job.” FULL ARTICLE

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