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Trump says he backs 25-cent gas tax hike to pay for infrastructure

President Trump on Wednesday said he is in favor of a 25-cent gas tax hike to pay for his infrastructure plan.

Sen. Tom Carper (Del.), the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, was in the meeting and confirmed in a statement that the president backed a 25-cent increase.

“President Trump came back to the idea of a 25 cent increase several times throughout the meeting,” Carper said in a statement.

“While there are a number of issues on which President Trump and I disagree, today, we agreed that things worth having are worth paying for, and the president even offered to help provide the leadership necessary so that we could do something that has proven difficult in the past.”

The administration unveiled an infrastructure proposal earlier this week. It did not include an increase in the gas tax.

The gas tax supports the Highway Trust Fund to pay for road projects and has not been raised in more than two decades.