HIGHWAY TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS ACT OF 2007 -- (Senate - April 17, 2008)
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Mr. GRAHAM. Mr. President, there are a lot of things going on in Washington that people probably don't understand and wonder about. How could my Government not do better than it is doing. This is one of the areas where most people understand what we are trying to do and would appreciate any effort on their behalf to accomplish relieving the gas tax for a period of time when a lot of Americans are traveling. If you believe that a $600 check to Americans that comes from the Treasury, that is not offset, is a good thing to help the economy, like 81 of us do, this builds on that concept.
The Senator from California asks what we are trying to do. We are trying to build on some concepts that have already passed the body. We are injecting the economy with money so that people, consumers can buy more to help stimulate the economy. We have all agreed on that being a good idea. What is this doing? This is trying to take a Federal tax that affects every American who drives a car during a window of time when many Americans are going to be on the road doing a lot of things they have looked forward to and planned, to reduce the burden of traveling, to energize the economy, whether it is in terms of recreational travel or business dealings. That will build on the concept we have already agreed on. Now is the time to put money back into the pockets of consumers, and relieving the gas tax during this critical time and during this window of time makes perfect sense. I congratulate Senators MCCAIN and KYL. This will not be a hard sell to anybody out there who is paying taxes and driving a car. I hope we can find a way to make this happen. The public would appreciate it. They are going to appreciate the checks they get. The money will go to good use. If we could relieve the tax burden on traveling by 18.6 cents per gallon of Federal gas taxes during this window of time, people would appreciate it. They understand why we need to do it. It would be a good thing for the Congress, and I appreciate Senators McCain and Kyl putting this concept on the floor. It is sad we can't get it passed today, but I hope we do it sooner rather than later.
With that, being from South Carolina and Florida and Mississippi, where people travel to destinations that are attractive to come to, I hope we can pass this and help the American consumer.
I yield the floor.
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