The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates it would raise money in the short-term but prove costly in the long-term. The House aide called that “a nonstarter in the House.”
The Department of Transportation expects the Highway Trust Fund to drop below a sustainable level toward the end of July. That would prevent the federal government from reimbursing states for construction projects that are already underway.
Transportation committees in both chambers are working on long-term plans to keep highway and transit construction programs afloat for the long term but both sides have acknowledged that a short-term patch will be necessary to prevent the trust fund from drying up this summer.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.