GOP Rep. steers clear of mileage-fee bill

One House member who has put plenty of mileage on his 2003 Volkswagen Passat is steering clear of weighing in on his colleague’s proposal to look into taxing drivers by the mile.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) reintroduced legislation on Tuesday that would require the government to study the most practical ways of taxing commuters based on how far they drive. The bill, H.R. 3638, would help fund federal highway programs.

That could potentially be pretty costly to Rep. Morgan Griffith. When we last checked in with the Virginia Republican earlier this year, he had logged an eye-popping 327,865 miles on his hardworking vehicle.

When asked his thoughts on Blumenauer’s bill, Griffith told ITK in an email, “The Founders anticipated the individual states would be incubators of new ideas. Accordingly, we should wait and see how effective and fair the Oregon experiment proves to be.”

And, for the record, Griffith’s car now has more than 341,000 miles on it.

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