WASHINGTON — The top Republican on a House transportation panel yesterday warned Congress will never approve a proposal to raise the gas tax by as much as eight cents a year for five yeas to improve the nation’s infrastructure, and suggested federal bonds as a possible alternative.

“There’s a snowball’s chance in hell,” Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., the ranking minority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said at a hearing about the gas tax hike recommendation from a congressionally mandated transportation funding panel.

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