LaHood said the United States needs the money to improve its infrastructure.
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Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says unless Congress acts, the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money at the end of fiscal 2014 — “because people are driving less, driving more fuel-efficient cars, and the gas tax hasn’t been raised in many years.”

Monies in the Trust Fund fund — derived mostly from excise taxes on gasoline and other fuels — fund the federal government’s highway and mass transit projects.