Congressional Democrats are skeptical about President Biden’s push for a gas tax holiday.
With the national average of $5 a gallon for gas, President Biden urged Congress to suspend federal gas taxes for 90 days.
Biden called for a federal gas tax pause of 18.4 cents a gallon on gasoline and 24.4 cents on diesel.
However, Biden’s temporary gas tax holiday idea isn’t popular among Congressional Democrats.
Fox News reports:
Biden’s push faces uphill odds in Congress, which must act in order to suspend the tax, and where many lawmakers, including some in his own party, have expressed reservations. Even many economists view the idea of a gas tax holiday with skepticism.
West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is not on board with Biden’s gas tax holiday idea.
ABC News quoted Manchin questioning the timing of the end of the gas tax holiday, saying, “It goes off at the end of September. Which politician up here is going to be voting to put that 18-cent tax back on a month before the November election?”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t endorse Biden’s gas tax holiday idea either.
The Hill reports:
“We will see where the consensus lies on a path forward for the President’s proposal in the House and the Senate, building on the strong bills to lower prices at the pump already passed by House Democrats including the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act and the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act,“ Pelosi said in a statement.
Back in 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama called the idea of a gas tax holiday a “gimmick.”
Critics commented on social media.
Joe Biden's gas tax holiday would temporarily save Americans 18 cents.
The Keystone XL pipeline would've permanently delivered 830,000 barrels of oil per day.
A gimmick vs. a solution.
— Lance Gooden (@Lancegooden) June 23, 2022
If Joe Biden was serious, he would make the gas tax “holiday” permanent and pay for it with tariffs on Chinese energy – solar panels, batteries, wind turbines
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 22, 2022
America has a wealth of natural resources of coal, oil, and natural gas.
Biden needs to get out of the way to allow our natural resources to be unleashed to drive down gas prices and meet consumer demands.