Blumenauer Files Amendment to Raise the Gas Tax to Fully Fund Transportation Bill

October 30, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) filed H.R. 680, the Update, Promote, and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act, as an amendment to H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act, which the House will consider next week. Representative Blumenauer’s amendment would raise federal gas and diesel taxes 15 cents over three years and index them to inflation.

Representative Blumenauer released the following statement:

“Naming the underlying bill a reauthorization doesn’t make it so. The bill under consideration calls for a six-year period of spending authority, and hopes to be funded for three years with a combination of budget gimmicks and tax code smoke and mirrors over the next decade. But Congress will be back to square one when that money runs out, facing an even bigger hole in the Highway Trust Fund – and once again throwing hundreds of thousands of jobs into uncertainty.

“My amendment will not only fully fund H.R. 3763, but also provide enough revenue to increase investment above the current, anemic levels of spending. A long-term transportation reauthorization should be fully funded with revenue that is sustainable, dedicated to transportation, and big enough to give states and local governments the federal partnership they need. Adoption of my amendment would do just that.”

The UPDATE Act is endorsed by the AFL-CIO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AAA, American Trucking Associations, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, American Public Transportation Association, League of American Bicyclists, Transportation for America, and more.