Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said that one of his 2015 priorities will be a highway bill – but he does not expect it to be funded by a fuel tax increase.
In comments reported by AP, the Pennsylvania Republican also said he does not see any support for a vehicle mile tax.
His alternatives are a one-time infusion to the Highway Trust Fund from corporate tax reform, or levies on oil exploration offshore and on federal land.
The idea of funding highways through corporate tax reform has been advanced by President Obama and former Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. Before he retired this year, Camp was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and proposed the outlines of such an approach.
Congress must act on the federal highway program by next May, when current funding expires.