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Lawmakers Mull Funding Options for $2 Trillion Infrastructure Deal

Lawmakers Mull Funding Options for $2 Trillion Infrastructure Deal

Transport Topics
Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
May 9, 2019 5:30 PM, EDT

WASHINGTON — More than a week after President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats elevated a $2 trillion infrastructure package for lawmakers’ legislative agenda, stakeholders are speaking up about their funding preferences in advance of a planned meeting between the White House and transportation policymakers to discuss how to pay for the initiative.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, continues to champion a funding approach for surface transportation programs that would combine new user fees with other options. He is among the few voices openly endorsing raising the Clinton-era fuel taxes and relying on what he calls “real” federal funds. The federal 24.4 cents-per-gallon diesel tax and 18.4 cents-per-gallon gas tax rates were set in 1993.

“We’ve got to come to an agreement on how we pay for the package,” DeFazio said May 8. “I would hope that we can come together and agree on a funding package that is significant.” FULL ARTICLE

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