Bush Dismisses Gas Tax Hike for Bridge Repair

Prez blasts Congress, warns Iran over Iraq, asks Sarkozy to lunch
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2007 5:51 PM CDT
Bush Dismisses Gas Tax Hike for Bridge Repair
In this image made available on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, by the U.S. Navy, a Navy diver surfaces after completing a salvage dive in the Mississippi River, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, as the vehicle he and his team rigged is lifted from the water in Minneapolis. Divers from the Navy and the FBI have joined...   (Associated Press)

President Bush today rejected a gasoline tax increase that would raise money for bridge repairs across the country, saying Congress should reevaluate the way it allocates tax revenues now. In a wide-ranging press conference before departing for vacation in Maine, he continued to defend Alberto Gonzales and fielded numerous questions about Iraq, the Times reports.

Bush renewed his criticism of the Democratic-controlled Congress for spending more time "being the investigative body" than producing legislation and cautioned Iran about "playing a nonconstructive role" in Iraq, saying "there will be a price to pay." Afterward, he departed for Kennebunkport, where he'll play host to Nicolas Sarkozy; the French president is on holiday in nearby New Hampshire. (Read more bridge collapse stories.)

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