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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is lobbying President Trump and Congress to raise the federal gas tax by 25 cents to help fund an infrastructure bill, reports the Washington Post. It plans to unveil the proposal later this week along with several other infrastructure measures.

Why it matters: The tax currently lies at 18.4 cents per gallon for gasoline and 24.4 cents per gallon for diesel fuel, and hasn't been raised since 1993. An increase of 25 cents would yield more than $375 billion over the next decade, the CoC claims.

Go deeper: President Trump has repeatedly called infrastructure spending a priority of his administration, and plans to announce his vision for the bill some time before the State of the Union address on Jan. 30. Privately, Trump has proposed raising the federal gas tax by as much as 50 cents per gallon, WaPo reports, but the idea has received significant pushback from Republican lawmakers.

The other side: Democrats and environmental groups are likely to counter to raising the gas tax by proposing a tax on carbon emissions, says Axios' Amy Harder. That'd be a much broader — and controversial — policy. It could stymie any effort to move a gas tax if (and this is a big if) there's enough support among Republicans to even begin an earnest push.

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Scoop: Google won't donate to members of Congress who voted against election results

Sen. Ted Cruz led the group of Republicans who opposed certifying the results. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Google will not make contributions from its political action committee this cycle to any member of Congress who voted against certifying the results of the presidential election, following the deadly Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Several major businesses paused or pulled political donations following the events of Jan. 6, when pro-Trump rioters, riled up by former President Trump, stormed the Capitol on the day it was to certify the election results.

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Minority Mitch still setting Senate agenda

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chuck Schumer may be majority leader, yet in many ways, Mitch McConnell is still running the Senate show — and his counterpart is about done with it.

Why it matters: McConnell rolled over Democrats unapologetically, and kept tight control over his fellow Republicans, while in the majority. But he's showing equal skill as minority leader, using political jiujitsu to convert a perceived weakness into strength.