Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) with original co-sponsors Collin Peterson (D-MN), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Greg Pence (R-IN) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX) introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced S. 1839 in the Senate, to repeal the federal excise tax (FET) on heavy trucks, truck bodies and trailers.
The Modern, Clean and Safe Trucks Act of 2019 (HR 2381 and S. 1839) would eliminate the largest excise tax levied by Congress. Originally created to help pay for World War I in 1917, it now serves as an unstable revenue source for the Highway Trust Fund.
Repealing FET would reduce the acquisition cost of new trucks currently subject to the tax by 12% and allow purchasers to more readily integrate cleaner and safer vehicles into their fleet. Additionally, repeal would clear the way to better alternative funding mechanisms for highway repair and maintenance.
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