Congress should hike the fuels tax, pass highway bill


June 19, 2012 - 12:00 AM

It was a red letter day in Congress. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, a liberal Democrat, and Sen. James M. Imhofe, a very conservative Republican from Oklahoma, walked into the House of Representatives and hand-delivered a transportation bill to House members. 

They didn’t call it a bill, although it had already passed the Senate. On the walk over, it became a mere “proposal” to let House members know it was open to compromise on the particulars.

Why this extradordinary bipartisan courtesy? Because the current transportation funding bill is due to expire June 30 and there is no sign that House Republicans are ready to back an extension. 

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