DALLAS — A coalition of labor leaders and business executives on Wednesday threw their support behind a proposal by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., to raise the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents per gallon to fund surface transportation infrastructure.

The bill, H.R. 3636, would be implemented over three years to bring the federal tax on a gallon of gasoline to 33.4 cents from the current 18.4 cents.

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