Remember how when the FAA law lapsed, the feds could not collect airline ticket taxes? Well, if the Surface Transportation law is not extended, guess what the feds could no longer collect?
18.4 cents per gallon in federal gasoline taxes.
Could we see a repeat of the FAA standoff, in which road construction projects are put on hold because of Congressional gridlock, and millions of dollars in gas tax revenues aren't collected by the feds?
I guess we can't rule that out, since we just had a two week brouhaha over the FAA.
There have been proposals for years in Congress to do away with the federal gas tax, and let states keep that money in their own coffers, instead of sending it to Washington, D.C. and the Department of Transportation.
That is most definitely not on the to-do list at the White House, nor are their any serious plans to raise that gas tax.
So will we have a showdown after Labor Day over the gas tax and the FAA? President Obama will argue today that it shouldn't happen.
But it doesn't mean the Congress will be listening. Just look at the recent fights over both the debt limit and the FAA authorization.
While the House and Senate have both passed long term FAA bills, there have been no votes or debates in either body on a long term highway bill.
Oh by the way, being that it is hurricane season, we should also note one other law that expires on September 30 - the National Flood Insurance Program.
It could be a wild September, indeed.