President Trump recently signaled that raising fuel taxes to help pay for infrastructure is something he would “certainly consider” and stated that a higher gas tax has the support of truckers “if we earmarked money toward the highways.” Soon afterward, the White House press secretary underscored that the president did not directly support changes to a fuel tax, but that it is something he consider as part of a broader strategy. The federal excise tax on diesel and gasoline has remained unchanged since 1993. Congress will likely consider such changes, but it unlikely to approve them.
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“White House press secretary Sean Spicer Monday, when questioned about the interview, emphasized that the president did not express support for a fuel tax.”