Key House chairman rejects Senate highway aid plan

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 25 at 12:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee says House Republicans won't go along with Senate Democrats on their highway aid plan.

States are facing a cutoff of federal highway and transit aid this summer, and the Democrats' plan would raise taxes to keep the money flowing.

But Rep. David Camp says the GOP-controlled House won't accept a tax increase.

The Michigan Republican says he's looking at policies that have had bipartisan support in the past, and hopes to have a bill ready by early July.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden — the Finance Committee chairman — has proposed a $9 billion plan that would raise taxes on heavy trucks and tighten the mortgage-interest deduction.

His committee plans to consider the bill Thursday.

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