Vice President Biden on Wednesday ripped Congress for passing only a short-term transportation funding extension, but in doing so muddled the administration's position on the issue.
“Hell, Congress can’t even decide on a gas tax to keep the highway system going,” Biden said in remarks criticizing the Congress's inability to write policy.
Congress last month approved a new highway bill, but the trust fund used for infrastructure payments will run out of money in the spring.
The administration actually opposes raising the tax, however. The Obama administration prefers to close corporate tax breaks to increase highway funding.
The Department of Transportation has said that its Highway Trust Fund typically runs short by about $16 billion per year.
Transportation advocates have pushed for Congress to raise the gas tax for the first time in two decades to help close the funding gap.
The White House said in June that President Obama would oppose efforts to increase the gas tax during the recently completed transportation funding debate.
"That's something that we've said a couple of times that we wouldn't support," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said at the time.
Obama has said that he will sign the temporary transportation funding patch, despite his prefer for a much longer funding measure.