U.S. agriculture and trucking groups are asking Congress to raise the federal gas tax in an upcoming recovery package to cover needed upgrades to infrastructure.
- American Farm Bureau Federation, American Trucking Associations urge for tax increase to pay for infrastructure upgrades in a letter to Senate Finance Cmte Chairman
Chuck Grassley, House Ways and Means Cmte Chairman Richard Nealand the minority leaders of the two panels
- Policy could be implemented “without adding a dime to a federal deficit that has exploded in recent weeks,” Farm Bureau President
Zippy Duvalland ATA President Chris Speartell panels in letter
- Groups say the 18.4 cents federal gas tax that supports the Highway Trust Fund hasn’t been raised since 1993 but coronavirus crisis presents the right time to raise it.
- “Gas is selling at historically low prices,” they say. “Compared to one year ago, Americans are paying about 60 cents per gallon less today for fuel”
- NOTE: Group sends letter to Capitol Hill after House Speaker
Nancy Pelosisays she is working on fourth recovery packagewith a focus on infrastructure
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