Trump backs 25-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax hike: senator

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ASCE president Kristina Swallow, a civil engineer and program manager for the city of Las Vegas, says "it's great to know that the leadership of our country recognizes the fact that we have been underspending on infrastructure for decades and that it's hurting our families economically". Baldwin, Nelson for reelection MORE (Del.), the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, was in the meeting and confirmed in a statement that the president backed a 25-cent increase.

The effort could face opposition from Republicans, some of whom are reportedly anxious about increasing the middle class's tax burden so soon after cutting taxes, their only big legislative achievement under Trump.

Three White House spokesmen did not respond to a request for comment about the emerging details and cost estimates, but last week Press Secretary Sarah Sanders described the president's motivation.

"He understands that we've got to figure out the funding levels and where the money's coming from, make sure it's not smoke and mirrors", Shuster said of the president.

"He talked about having an infrastructure plan but what we got was really paper thin", he said. Vehicles on the road have also become more fuel efficient, further diminishing the levy's ability to fund highway repairs.

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Trump's infrastructure plan seeks to revamp how projects are approved and funded by reducing permitting time to two years and allocating $200 billion over 10 years - mostly as incentives to spur states, localities and the private sector to spend at least $1.3 trillion.

"I want a parade like the one in France", Trump said at a January 18 meeting at the Pentagon, according to The Washington Post.

Congress has transferred almost $140 billion to the Highway Trust Fund since 2008.

Republicans might not be so willing to go with a plan that shifts the infrastructure funding burden to state and local taxpayers, but some members of the GOP caucus are also loathe to raise federal revenues, especially the gas tax, which hasn't been increased in 25 years and now falls short of raising enough money for existing transportation programs. Republican Senator John Barrasso, who attended the meeting, said he opposed a hike.

President Trump will fly to Orlando on Friday to discuss the positive impact infrastructure investment could have on the economy.

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