Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said recent conversations with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have not included discussions about increasing federal motor fuels taxes as a way to increase revenues into the Highway Trust Fund.
EPW earlier this week passed a five year, $287 billion surface transportation bill, “America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019.” The Senate Finance Committee now is responsible for finding a way to pay for the measure before it can go before the full Senate.
Sen. Barrasso, who has long said that he is not in favor of increasing the federal motor fuels taxes, said he and Sen. Grassley are exploring “a number” of options and that staff will work together over August to come up with viable options.
NATSO has long held that increasing the federal motor fuels taxes is the most efficient way to increase infrastructure revenues.
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