Compromise Possibly on Horizon for Infrastructure Funding

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Republicans are indicating after President Obama’s State of the Union address that they are open to compromising with the president on increasing U.S. transportation funding, although neither side has offered specifics on how they would pay for new construction projects. 

Obama called several times on Tuesday night for Congress to pass a “bipartisan infrastructure plan,” although he stopped short of calling for an increase in the federal gas tax, which has been sought by many transportation advocates to help pay for it. 

House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), who has opposed prior efforts to increase the gas tax, said Republicans might be able to find agreement with Obama on infrastructure funding, even though they disagree with almost everything else the president laid out during his address. 

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