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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Congressman Earl Blumenauer is announcing legislation to nearly double the federal gas tax.

The proposal from the Portland area Democrat would increase the current 18.4-cent per gallon federal gas tax to 33.4 cents. The tax has not been increased since 1993.

Supporters of the increase say the additional tax revenue is needed to fund infrastructure projects.

Even before the announcement, the idea was denounced by James Buchal, a Republican who has filed for the seat held by Blumenauer in the May 2014 primary Election. Buchal, a lawyer who last ran for Oregon Attorney General in 2012, was responding to the report.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.



-1 #1 RE: Blumenauer gas tax proposal draws criticismGuest 2013-12-04 20:11:00
Instead of raising the gas tax which is harder on people who have to drive older cars and pickups or those of us who need a larger pickup, figure a way to get the people driving the Hybreds and Electric cars to pay more, they are not paying their share of the road tax. They also get a kick back from the Feds to buy those cars, take that back.
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0 #2 Chair, North Portland Coal CommitteeGuest 2013-12-04 21:41:21
Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D) needs to spend more time addressing the issue of TRANSPORTING COAL through HIS DISTRICT in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest than his FANTASY bill to double the federal gas tax.

Blumenauer does NOT appear to have a single member of the House of Representatives supporting his tax bill which includes the most important person is this story, the Republican Chairman, Dave Camp, of the House Ways and Means Committee.

There is an unwritten rule followed by most reporters most of the time with regard to reporting bills submitted anytime to any legislative body and with good reason.

Unless and until a bill is put on the table by the chair of the committee in which it resides it is NOT newsworthy. A bill has NO REALITY until this condition is met.

The day the Republican Chairman, Dave Camp, of the House Ways and Means Committee places Democrat Earl Blumenauer's bill to double the federal gas tax before his committee for discussion and for a vote to refer Blumenauer's bill to the full house is the day reporters should jump on the story. Until then the unwritten rule applies.

Earl Blumenauer refused to support an updated study of the carcinogenic effects of diesel emissions from tug boats and locomotives in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area on plants, animals and people that would be caused by transporting massive amounts of coal by rail and barge.

Earl Blumenauer refused to support a study of jobs lost and businesses closed by transporting massive amounts of Powder River Basin Coal through HIS DISTRICT and the Pacific Northwest.

Earl Blumenauer has REFUSED to stand up and lend his political voice, which requires no Republican nor Democratic congressional support, to stopping coal exports through Oregon and Washington.

Apparently Earl thinks the Republican NO TAXES, old or new - except on the poor, binding ideological policy has mysteriously changed and the rest of us have missed it.

Our dysfunctional House of Representatives can't decide to open or close the government. It can't agree on whether to pay its bills or stiff its creditors. Some of Earl's Republican colleagues are proposing legislation that would take heaps of money from Social Security's senior recipients and give it to the Pentagon generals to buy more guns so they won't have to raise taxes to increase our already embarrassing cache of nuclear and conventional weapons. These are the people Earl Blumenauer expects to raise federal gas taxes.

Why do you suppose that the federal gas tax hasn't been increased since 1993 considering both Rs and Ds have been in control of the congress during that period? Earl has obviously divined a change in the federal gas tax zeitgeist. I see a cameo role for Earl on the TV show, The Mentalist.

My Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer must STOP wasting his time on big ticket FEDERAL tax bills that don't have a snowballs chance in hell of passage.

My Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer must START paying attention to HIS DISTRICT, clean air, healthy rivers and protecting our national treasure, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area among many other very good reasons to stop coal exports through the Pacific Northwest.

Richard Ellmyer
Chair, North Portland Coal Committee
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