WASHINGTON—This week, the White House confirmed that raising the federal gasoline tax is not being considered as part of President Biden’s infrastructure package, according to TheHill.com.
Rumors of an increase surfaced when the president met with a bipartisan group of policymakers on Monday regarding the package. Representative Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) was cited saying that Biden was open to raising the gas tax, while Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said last month that neither a mileage tax nor a gas tax would be part of the conversation.
When asked about reports that a hike was being considered to fund Biden’s $2.25 trillion package, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that a gas tax increase is not being discussed. The president has proposed raising the corporate tax rate to pay for the package.
“I think that was a little bit of a garble, unintentional, but in yesterday’s meeting with members of Congress, the president mentioned the gas tax only to make a point that even a significant increase in the gas tax, which some people have proposed would pay for only a fraction of the investment the country needs,” she said. “Fundamentally, he does not believe that paying for this historic investment in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure and creating millions of jobs should be on the backs of Americans.”
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