Democratic governors call for gas tax suspension

Six Democratic governors have asked congressional leaders to suspend the federal gas tax as fuel prices spike to unprecedented highs amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse to vote Tuesday on Russian fuel ban, other trade sanctions House to move forward with bill to ban Russian oil Live coverage – House tees up vote on Russian fuel ban, sanctions MORE (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Ukraine aid, Russian oil top Congress’s to-do list Republicans warn Justice Department probe of Trump would trigger political war Russia and the Republicans MORE (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats cancel vote on Biden pick to lead ICE after domestic abuse allegations ‘Urgent’ COVID-19 funding hangs in balance amid partisan fight Two GOP senators share photos from Zoom call with Zelensky despite requests not to MORE (DN.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense & National Security – More help headed Ukraine’s way On The Money – Biden warns prices to go up amid Russia ban Congress reaches deal on billions in Ukraine aid MORE (R-Ky.), The governors say they support a bill introduced by three Michigan Democrats to suspend the gas tax for the remainder of the year.

“Money saved at the pump translates into dollars back in consumers’ pockets for groceries, childcare, rent, and more,” the governors – Michigan’s Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerJury selected for trial of men accused of plotting to kidnap Whitmer Republican governors group books million in fall airtime The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent – US weighs Russia oil ban. Will Europe follow? AMUSEMinnesota’s Tim WalzTim WalzMinnesota Rep. Hagedorn dies of cancer Minnesota court makes changes to House Democrat’s district 2 shot, 1 fatally at Minnesota school MOREPennsylvania’s Tom WolfTom WolfVodka, pensions, sister cities: Governors move to punish Russia Pennsylvania Supreme Court chooses new congressional map New Jersey governor ending school mask mandate: report MOREColorado’s Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisFacing red wave, Democrats work on a midterm message Polis on anti-LGBTQ laws: ‘Words matter. Laws matter ‘Sunday shows preview: Russia-Ukraine crisis dominates as White House is’ convinced’ of an invasion MORENew Mexico’s Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNevada governor faces violent threats at Vegas restaurant Emboldened GOP looks to expand midterm battleground map America up to Speed, Feb. 21, 2022 MORE and Wisconsin’s Tony EversTony EversRepublican governors group books million in fall airtime Wisconsin Supreme Court approves Democratic governor’s congressional maps Wisconsin GOP report on 2020 race endorses fringe theory for decertifying election MORE – wrote to congressional leaders.

The federal government charges an excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon. It has not been increased since 1993.

The national average price of a gallon of gas on Wednesday stood at $ 4,252, according to AAA, up five cents from Tuesday and up almost 80 cents from just a month ago. Last year, the average price stood at $ 2,796.

The bill they support, sponsored by Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowDemocrats look for offramp from masking in public White House chief of staff tries to pump up worried Senate Democrats Democrats try to regroup heading into rough November MORE (D-Mich.) And Michigan Democratic Reps. Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinRussia widely expected to escalate violence in Ukraine Abrams apologizes for not wearing mask in photo with school children Mask debates generating sparks on campaign trail MORE spirit Dan KildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy KildeeBiden State of the Union: A plea for unity in unusual times House Democrats warn delay will sink agenda Overnight Energy & Environment – Biden tries to reverse Trump on power plants MORE, would replace revenue in the Highway Trust Fund that the federal government would forgo by suspending the tax. The governors also pointed to $ 118 billion allocated to the trust fund by the infrastructure bill President BidenJoe BidenBiden phones family of American detained in Russia Susan Collins praises Biden’s Supreme Court pick after meeting Former Bernie Sanders press secretary: proposed defense budget includes excessive amount for private contractors MORE signed last year as evidence that the fund would not run low on money any time soon.

Five of the governors – Whitmer, Walz, Polis, Lujan Grisham and Evers – are up for reelection this year. Wolf, serving the end of his second term in office, cannot run again because of term limits.

Democrats have felt rising anxiety of late as gas prices have risen to record highs, both because of increased demand and because of the conflict in Ukraine. Biden on Tuesday said the United States would suspend purchases of Russian oil; although Russia contributes only a small fraction of the oil imported in a given week, the suspension is likely to further roil international markets and send prices higher.

In remarks at the White House on Tuesday, Biden acknowledged that the war in Ukraine had already taken a toll on the budgets of American families.

“The decision today is not without cost here at home. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s war is already hurting American families at the gas pump, ”Biden said. “I’m going to do everything I can to minimize Putin’s price hike here at home.”

The Biden administration has already authorized the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Allied nations have said they will release another 30 million barrels, though all told those releases will cover just about two weeks of Russian exports.

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