Raising the U.S. gasoline tax above 18.4 cents a gallon is the “simplest and most straightforward” way to fund a long-term highway bill, the president of the nation’s largest lobbying group for businesses told Congress.
Never in his brief U.S. Senate career has Mike Lee, a Tea-Party backed freshman from Utah, attracted such attention. In the past month, he was the subject of the president’s weekly radio address, testified before a House panel and appeared on television news programs five times.
Ground zero in the Republican Party’s fight to define its future is on the opposite side of the country from Washington, amid snow-covered mountains and the Snake River canyon, in a U.S. House race that pits the business community against the Tea Party.
House Republican leaders are considering a delay in debt-ceiling proposal, according to a congressional aide, as the Senate plans to vote tomorrow on a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown in four days.