Construction, Transportation Groups Push Back on Biden’s Gas-Tax Proposal

Lobbying groups representing manufacturers, construction contractors, and civil engineers joined dozens of industry groups on June 22 to criticize President Biden’s proposal to suspend the federal gas tax to combat sky-high fuel prices. The various coalitions argued that the effort will not bring relief to consumers at the pump and could adversely affect major transportation construction paid for by the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), which is funded by the nation’s gas tax. Biden called on Congress to pass a three-month pause on the tax, which charges customers 18.4 cents per gallon of gas and 24.4 cents for diesel. The president also wants states to suspend their gas tax during the 90-day period. Among the message’s 33 signatories were the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) coalition and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC). They added that the gas-tax holiday, costing around $10 billion, would lead to negative effects for American roads, bridges, transit systems and jobs, the magazine said.

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