Sen. Mike Lee Wants to Reduce Federal Gas Tax (Video)

Sen. Mike Lee says the best way to pay for infrastructure is for individual states to step up to the table instead of the federal government.

Lee tells Fox Business Channel that he’s sponsoring legislation to reduce the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 3.7 cents in five years. That will shift the burden for infrastructure to the individual states.

“The whole purpose of this is to put less of that money in the hands of the few of Washington and putting more of it in the hands of state legislators, where it belongs,” he said. “Since states don’t have to deal with federal regulations, they will be able to spend that money more effectively and efficiently.”

As Lee is pushing for the gas tax to wind down, Democrat Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has been pushing to increase the gas tax by 15 cents a gallon, a move that hasn’t gained support from fellow Democrats in an election year.

When asked to respond to Senator Lee’s bill, Rep. Blumenauer said, “We can’t afford that in our fragile economic recovery. It’s time to look for serious solutions to fund our transportation infrastructure, not introduce bills that would undercut the federal/state partnership and make the problem worse, not better.”

Here’s the video: