Pelosi: Time is now for gas-tax hike

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January 8, 2015

Falling oil prices give Congress a great opportunity to hike the gas tax, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.

But the Democratic leader also cautioned that her party won’t trade the store in return for the gas-tax increase being floated by some Republicans.

“I can’t respond to their proposal because I don’t know what it is,” Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol. “But I do think that if there’s ever going to be an opportunity to raise the gas tax, the time when gas prices are so low — oil prices are so low — is the time to do it.”

At 18.4 cents per gallon, the current gas tax hasn’t changed since 1993, and many environmental and infrastructure advocates are urging an increase to help eliminate annual deficits plaguing the Highway Transportation Fund. That fund is filled primarily by the gas tax, but the combination of rising infrastructure costs and more fuel efficient vehicles has created a shortfall that reached $16 billion last year.

In the upper chamber, Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are pushing legislation to increase the levy by 12 cents over the next two years. And both Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said they remain open to the idea.

  • BHR

    The government just can not stand for AMERICANS to have any extra money.

  • wcgraybill

    send the queer bitch back to cal.

  • wcgraybill

    how can we get this bitch Pelosi out of office

  • James in Texas

    The current and final plan of our “Political Elites”, “Never let a good thing for the people exist, Ever”! I note that even the so-called “good guys”, the Republicans are all-in for raising the cost-of-living that the working folks have to bear. Incumbents are the “Real Enemies” of freedom, they play their “game” at our expense, Period!

  • Dondh

    Anything this idiot woman proposes is not good! What she proposes is a typical liberal attempt to hurt the American people!! She is a worthless waste of money for us taxpayers. I wished there was some way to get this woman out of the House of Rep. and send her home to San Fran. for good!

  • Lee Flowers

    That is about as stupid as when she said, “you have to pass it before you can read it”…………..why would you want to raise gas taxes for?

  • Bob Stewart

    Raising gas taxes when prices are low would be just like Gruber selling Obamacare to stupid Americans. Tax revenue should be made on more gas being bought as more people use low prices to travel more. It’s not unusual for politicians to talk about raising taxes, but many politicians will be going home next election if they vote to raise any taxes.

    • I Seigel

      Giving even more tax breaks and easing regulations on oil companies, banks and Wall Street firms when they’re already making record profits makes just as much sense.

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