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House leadership shelves Highway Trust Fund—USPS offset

Over the past few weeks, the House of Representatives and the Senate have been discussing ideas to inject resources into the Highway Trust Fund, which is expected to run out of money in August. As you are aware, House Republican leader took immediate aim at six-day mail delivery as an “offset.” (See the June 6 update.)

The postal offset received a wide range of resistance from labor, businesses, the Heritage Foundation, and rank-and-file members of Congress, to name a few. It now appears that this idea has been shelved while House and Senate lawmakers scramble to find a more palatable fix.

The Senate has now turned its attention to a number of transportation-related taxes and fees, falling just short of raising the gasoline tax.

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