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Asked about gas tax, Chao says ‘nothing is off the table’

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Wednesday that the administration “has learned from the past” that it should consult with Congress before proposing an infrastructure plan, but stopped short of saying when consultations would start.
Appearing before the Senate’s Transportation-HUD appropriations subcommittee, Chao indicated there could be support from the White House for higher gas taxes and fees on airplane tickets, but she also renewed the administration’s call to cut red tape in project approvals and find ways to attract private-sector funding from pension funds and endowments.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware asked if the administration would agree to increase the gas tax or the charge on airplane tickets that funds airport expansion.
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