On February 24, 2000, legislation was introduced to repeal the 24.4 cents-per-gallon federal diesel tax for one year. What some lawmakers did not realize, however, was that repealing federal motor fuels excises would have the perverse effect of retarding road safety and efficiency improvements that benefited truckers and the general motoring public alike by reducing the revenue stream to the Highway Trust Fund by billions of dollars. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) led the charge against the gas tax repeal, sending two background packages on the proposed Highway Trust Raid to syndicated columnists, editorial page editors at America's top 100 circulation newspapers, and the nation's top 25 market news-talk radio stations. Many on Capitol Hill credited the activities of ARTBA for providing the grassroots muscle that secured strong congressional opposition to cutting the gas tax. On April 6, the Senate voted 65 to 35 to oppose any temporary or permanent reduction in the federal gas tax. A timeline highlights ARTBA activities on the gas tax repeal debate between February 22 and April 12.

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    American Road & Transportation Builders Association

    ARTBA Building, 1219 28th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20007-3389
  • Publication Date: 2000-5


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  • Pagination: p. 8-11
  • Serial:
    • Transportation Builder
    • Volume: 12
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: American Road & Transportation Builders Association
    • ISSN: 1043-4054

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  • Accession Number: 00795716
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 25 2000 12:00AM