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Infrastructure Missing in Talks Between Trump, Hill Leaders

Infrastructure Missing in Talks Between Trump, Hill Leaders

Transport Topics
January 28, 2019 2:00 PM, EST

One year ago, on Valentine’s Day, President Donald Trump met privately with congressional transportation leaders at the White House. His office had recently unveiled an ambitious infrastructure proposal anchored on $200 billion in federal funds to achieve $1.3 trillion in investments over a decade for the construction and maintenance of the infrastructure network. At this meeting the president is said to have endorsed increasing the federal fuel tax. That’s how Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) remembered it.

In a statement to reporters after that meeting, Carper, ranking member on the panel that oversees highway policy, said: “I explained to the president what I have proposed for years now — raising the gas and diesel tax 4 cents per year over 4 years and indexing it going forward. President Trump came back to the idea of a 25-cent increase several times throughout the meeting. While there are a number of issues on which President Trump and I disagree, today, we agreed that things worth having are worth paying for, and the president even offered to help provide the leadership necessary so that we could do something that has proven difficult in the past.”

The White House did not deny Carper’s account of the meeting. The politically radioactive fuel tax has not been raised since 1993... FULL ARTICLE

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