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Trump’s Gas-Tax Hike Goes Nowhere in Congress

Trump’s Gas-Tax Hike Goes Nowhere in Congress
By Ari Natter and Mark Niquette
February 15, 2018, 1:26 PM CST

Despite backing from groups as wide ranging as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the lobby for truckers -- and now President Donald Trump -- a proposal to raise gas tax for the first time in 25 years appears to be going nowhere fast on Capitol Hill.

Trump surprised a bipartisan group of House and Senate committee leaders Wednesday at the White House by offering to support a 25 cent-per-gallon increase in the tax on gas and diesel fuel dedicated to improving roads, highways and bridges. But that wasn’t swaying Republican opinion Thursday.

“I don’t think there is support for it right now,” Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the second-ranking House Republican, said in an interview Thursday. Asked whether there’s support among Senate Republicans to increase the fee, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spokesman Don Stewart referred to previous statements made by the Kentucky Republican. “It’s always no,” Stewart said... FULL ARTICLE

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