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Key Republican Pushes Higher Gas Tax for Infrastructure

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Rep. Bill Shuster speaks with Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli at GOP retreat in West Virginia.(Source: Bloomberg)

The Republican lawmaker central to passing an infrastructure bill said the key may be getting his GOP colleagues to set aside years of opposition and embrace raising the tax on gasoline.

Representative Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania, chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, said he urged his fellow Republicans at their legislative retreat to consider raising the gas tax to bolster the U.S. highway system, arguing that it’s a user fee that Americans are willing to pay.