The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted unanimously on July 31, 2019 in favor of the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act (S.2302) which its sponsor, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), referred to as “the most substantial highway infrastructure bill in history.”
The bill, which was rolled out earlier this week, increases spending on surface transportation by 27%. The bill is unique from other bi-partisan infrastructure bills in that it includes funding for efforts to promote electric and alternative fuels.
The bill itself was met with a mixed response from interests group. Critical to the bill’s future, is the issue of where the funding will come from. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) stated that he will not bring the bill up for consideration in his committee until he has Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s support for raising the gas tax to help foot the bill’s $287 billion price tag. Senator McConnell has typically been against increases to the gas tax.
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