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Romney, Senators Float First Change to Gas Tax Since 1993

  • Gasoline levy hasn’t been increased since Clinton hike in 1993
  • Republicans, Democrats at odds over paying for infrastructure
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Republican and Democratic senators said Thursday they’re open to considering the first change in the national gasoline tax since 1993 to help fund a bipartisan infrastructure spending package they plan to propose to President Joe Biden.

Indexing the gasoline tax -- currently 18.4 cents-per-gallon -- to a measure of inflation has been discussed by a bipartisan group of senators working on a compromise plan, according to Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican who’s taken a leading role in those talks. But the White House has rejected indexing as a tax increase on the poor and middle class, according to a person familiar.