With the aging and dilapidated highway network, congress is looking for ways to fund the necessary improvements. One such revenue stream is the federal fuel tax. A bill proposed by US Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) would increase the gasoline and diesel fuel tax by $.15/gallon, from $.184 to $.334, over the next three years. The last time the federal fuel tax was increased was back in 1993. Twenty years of inflation and decreased consumption as a result of improved fuel economies have negatively affected the funds available in the Highway Trust Fund.
Rep. Blumenauer then went on to re-introduce legislation to study how the government can practically employ a tax on the number of miles driven.