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Lawmakers are scrambling to find ways to plug a $20 billion hole in the Highway Trust Fund before a projected bankruptcy this fall.
The trust fund’s coffers have traditionally been filled by revenue that is collected from the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax.
But with expenses outpacing receipts by about $20 billion in recent years as cars become more fuel-efficient and people drive less, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts the fund will run dry well before the Sept. 30 deadline for reauthorizing the gas tax. The fund could go bankrupt as early as August.