WASHINGTON -- Many tax committee members heard surprisingly few complaints when they were back in their districts during the August recess about recent attempts in Congress to raise the federal gasoline tax by 5 cents a gallon, congressional aides said this week.

The apparent absence of an outcry over taxes may smooth the way, at least to a small degree, for the lawmakers to consider legislation this fall that would extend tax provisions that expire Dec. 31, the aides said. Those provisions include the tax exemptions for mortgage revenues bonds and small-issue industrial development bonds, as well as the low-income housing tax credit.

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