When Reagan, the GOP, and Democrats Doubled the Gas Tax

STREETSBLOG How Congress Voted to Double the Gas Tax and Fund Transit in 1982 The Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (H.R. 6211) was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on January 6, 1983. It raised the gas tax from 4¢ per gallon to 9¢ per gallon, and for the first time directed 1¢ per gallon to transit funding. Of the 534 members of Congress when the bill passed, 41 are still serving in the current (112th) Congress. (New York's 14th district was vacant at the time of the vote.) Passed by the House, 262 - 143 Republicans: 103 for, 80 against (9 did not vote) Democrats: 159 for, 63 against (20 did not vote) Democrats still in Republicans still in the House (2012) the House (2012) - George Miller (CA) Pete Stark (CA) - Henry Waxman (CA) - Steny Hoyer (MD) Barney Frank (MA) - Ed Markey (MA) - John Conyers (MI) Dale Kildee (MI) - John Dingell (MI) Charlie Rangel (NY) Ralph Hall (TX)³ - Norm Dicks (WA) - Nick Rahall (WV) Don Young (AK) Dan Lundgren (CA) David Dreier (CA) Jerry Lewis (CA) Bill Young (FL) James Sensenbrenner (WI) Tom Petri (WI) Hal Rogers (KY) Christopher Smith (NJ) Ron Paul (TX) Frank Wolf (VA) Democrats who moved from House to Senate Republicans who moved from House to Senate - Bill Nelson (FL) - Daniel Akaka (HI) - Tom Harkin (IA) - Barbara Mikulski (MD) - Charles Schumer (NY) - Richard Shelby (AL) Dan Coats (IN) Pat Roberts (KS) - Olympia Snowe (ME) Passed by the Senate, 56 - 34 Republicans: 35 for, 15 against Democrats: 21 for, 19 against (6 did not vote) (4 did not vote) 0000 Republicans still in the Senate (2012) Democrats still in the Senate (2012) - Richard Lugar (IN) Chuck Grassley (IA) - Thad Cochran (MS) - Orrin Hatch (UT) - Daniel Inouye (HI) - Carl Levin (MI) - Max Baucus (MT) - Patrick Leahy (VT) 1. Rep. Leon Panetta (CA), currently Secretary of Defense, voted for the bill. 2. Rep. Newt Gingrich (GA), currently a Republican candidate for President, voted for the bill. 3. Rep. Hall became a Republican in 2005. 4. Rep. Lundgren voted for the amendment containing the gas tax increase, but against the bill. 5. Sen. Harry Byrd, Jr. (VA) was elected as an Independent but caucused with the Democrats. 6. Sen. Joe Biden (DE), currently Vice President of the United States, voted against the bill.

When Reagan, the GOP, and Democrats Doubled the Gas Tax

shared by rmmojado on Mar 21
Something to keep in mind while the House GOP leadership toys with the idea of sending national transportation policy back to the 1950s…


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