Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the newly elected House Majority Leader, dismissed the latest proposal for salvaging the cash-strapped federal highway construction program on Sunday. He opposes a bipartisan effort in the Senate to boost the 18.5 center per gallon federal gasoline tax by an additional 12 cents over the next two years.
"No, that's a Democrat idea," McCarthy said during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. "Continue to raise taxes on the families going forward. Why don't we find a broader solution?"
McCarthy (R-CA), who was overwhelmingly elected by the GOP Conference last Thursday to succeed the fallen Eric Cantor as majority leader didn't precisely offer up a strong – or realistic – alternative to the gas tax increase idea that is being floated by Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT).