"Economically, it's not the time" to raise the gas tax, says Rep. Shuster.
The controversial pipeline gained momentum with a recent State report.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on President Obama Monday to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
“The president needs to step up and lead,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Is President Obama on the side of the middle class, or is he on the side of left-wing special interests?”
State's environmental analysis will now be reviewed closely, a White House official said.
A bipartisan group of 17 governors is urging lawmakers to “stabilize” the trust fund that is used to pay for transportation projects.
The Department of Transportation’s Highway Trust Fund has been projected to run out of money in September.
The governors, who are all members of the National Transportation Coalition, said in a letter to the top members of the House and Senate’s transportation committees that the projected bankruptcy is “creating great uncertainty about the viability of our long-term transportation improvement plans.
They dismissed reports that the government's analysis will be a setback for their efforts.
The analysis will detail the environmental impact of the controversial pipeline project.
Rep. Bill Shuster said president’s proposal was short on ideas for specific amounts of money.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that President Obama laid out a “bold vision” for increasing road and transit spending in his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
Obama called in his speech for using revenue from closing tax loopholes to pay for new infrastructure projects. He pushed Congress to approve a new surface transportation funding bill by “this summer.”
Republicans assailed the president after hearing no mention of Keystone XL Tuesday.