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When Clinton Attacked Obama For Backing A Higher Gas Tax

- February 9, 2016

Today, Obama Is Expected To Propose A Large Tax Increase On Gas Producers, Which Is Expected To Lead To Increased Gas Prices

Today President Obama Is Expected To Propose A $10 "Fee" On Every Barrel Of Oil To Pay For Transportation Investments. "Obama aides told POLITICO that when he releases his final budget request next week (Tuesday), the president will propose more than $300 billion worth of investments over the next decade in mass transit, high-speed rail, self-driving cars, and other transportation approaches designed to reduce carbon emissions and congestion. To pay for it all, Obama will call for a $10 'fee' on every barrel of oil, a surcharge that would be paid by oil companies but would presumably be passed along to consumers." (Michael Grunwald, "Obama To Propose $10-A-Barrel Oil Tax," Politico, 2/4/16)

  • Politico Headline: "Obama To Propose $10-A-Barrel Oil Tax" (Politico, 2/4/16)

The "Fee" Will "Presumably Be Passed Along To Consumers." "To pay for it all, Obama will call for a $10 'fee' on every barrel of oil, a surcharge that would be paid by oil companies but would presumably be passed along to consumers." (Michael Grunwald, "Obama To Propose $10-A-Barrel Oil Tax," Politico, 2/4/16)

In 2008, Clinton Repeatedly Attacked Obama For His Opposition To A Cut In The Federal Gas Tax

In 2008 Clinton Proposed A Federal Gas Tax Holiday For Summer Travel, A Proposal Obama Scorned. "Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton lined up with Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, in endorsing a plan to suspend the federal excise tax on gasoline, 18.4 cents a gallon, for the summer travel season. But Senator Barack Obama, Mrs. Clinton's Democratic rival, spoke out firmly against the proposal, saying it would save consumers little and do nothing to curtail oil consumption and imports." (John M. Broder, "Democrats Divided Over Gas Tax Break," The New York Times, 4/29/08)

Clinton Said Obama "Does Not Want To Do Anything About" High Gas Prices And Noted "Obama Wants You To Pay The Gas Tax This Summer." CARLSON: "And one of the big things on people's minds of course is the price of gas, and this is something that you and Barack Obama have been going up against each other pretty roughly over the last few days. Here's what he says about you wanting to suspend the gas tax: that you're 'pandering,' that that's 'classic Washington gimmick.' Is it?" CLINTON: "I have to say, Gretchen, this is an argument that befuddles me. He does not want to do anything about it. Senator Obama wants you to pay the gas tax this summer." (Fox News' "Fox And Friends," 5/5/08)

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Clinton Said "Obama Doesn't Want To Give Consumers A Break." ROBERTS: "I want to ask you this question this morning. If you become president, and if gasoline prices are still high this time next year, do you promise now that you will give us a gas tax holiday next year?" CLINTON: "I'm sure going to try, John. Because the way that I have proposed it is different from either of my opponents. Senator Obama doesn't want to give consumers a break. I do." (CNN's "CNN Newsroom," 5/5/08)

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Clinton Said She Had "A Fundamental Disagreement With … Obama" Over His Unwillingness To Support A Gas Tax Holiday. RODRIGUEZ: "You spent a lot of time promoting this gas tax holiday, which Senator Obama and many economists oppose. I'd like to show you a new CBS News/New York Times poll. The first shows that Americans are split on whether this is a good idea. Forty-nine percent say it's bad. Forty-five percent say it's good. And most voters overwhelmingly believe that candidates who want to lift this gas tax only want to help themselves politically. Given all that, Senator, how do you continue to argue for it?" CLINTON: "Well, I think a lot of people don't understand my plan. I think they confuse it with Senator McCain's plan, because we both want to lift the gas tax. The big difference is I want to pay for it. I want the oil companies to pay that $8 billion this summer instead of having that money come out of the pockets of consumers and drivers. And I just have a fundamental disagreement with Senator Obama." (CBS' "Early Show," 5/5/08)

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