Congressman Earl Blumenauer says he will submit legislation to nearly double the federal gas tax.
The proposal from the Portland area Democrat would increase the current 18.4-cent per gallon federal gas tax to 33.4 cents. The tax has not been increased since 1993.
Supporters of the increase say the additional tax revenue is needed to fund infrastructure improvement.
Even before the announcement, the idea was denounced by James Buchal, a Republican who has filed for the seat held by Blumenauer in the May 2014 primary Election. Buchal is a lawyer who last ran for Oregon Attorney General in 2012.
In a statement, Buchal said:
"Once again we see Blumenauer attacking the middle class on behalf of his rich and powerful backers like the construction trades. We need infrastructure improvements, but raising taxes to throw more money at a broken system is foolish. We ought to be pruning away senseless federal legal requirements that have made infrastructure projects cost many times more than they used to.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.