WASHINGTON (AP) –  Sen. Claire McCaskill told the Obama administration Thursday she opposes efforts to track drivers’ mileage, a stance that could inoculate the Missouri Democrat from GOP attacks as she approaches re-election.

In a letter addressed to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and provided to The Associated Press, McCaskill wrote that any proposal to tax drivers based on miles they drive will place a burden on already cash-strapped motorists.

“As you know, there is a vital need to improve our nation’s roads and related highway infrastructure,” McCaskill wrote to
LaHood. “However, this is not the right time to raise funds by imposing a vehicle miles traveled tax on people who are already cutting back.”

The Obama administration also opposes the tax.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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