Sanders says he won’t support bipartisan infrastructure bill if it includes higher gasoline tax and electric vehicle fees
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday that an infrastructure proposal being developed by a bipartisan group of senators “includes spending in some very important areas – roads, bridges, water supply systems “. That’s a good thing, he said, before quickly acknowledging that he still has two major concerns with the plan.
The senator said the amount of “new” money (that is, money that is not taken from surplus COVID-19 relief funds) the group is willing to spend from now is “not adequate,” and, subsequently, is also concerned about how the bipartisan group aims to pay for infrastructure improvements.
Details have not been released and are apparently in the works, but Sanders has responded to some of the whispers going around, including increasing taxes on gasoline or fees for the use of electric vehicles. “These are bad ideas in my opinion,” he told Bash. In a separate interview, Sanders told NBC News’ Chuck Todd that he would not support these proposals if they were ultimately included. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) had previously rejected the idea that she and her colleagues would increase taxes on gasoline, but said an electric vehicle levy was a possibility.