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Sen. John Thune, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, said Wednesday that President Biden’s request that Congress pass a three-month suspension of the federal gasoline tax, “is dead on arrival.”
“What the administration, of course, is coming up with is yet another gimmick, another Band-Aid and something they know is dead on arrival up here in Congress,” Thune, who sits on three key Senate committees, said.
FILE: U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD) listens during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing on President Biden’s proposed budget request for the Department of Transportation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 3, 2022. (REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy)
Thune’s comments came after the president called on Congress to suspend federal gasoline and diesel taxes for three months to ease financial pressures. Biden also called on states to suspend their own gas taxes or provide similar relief.
“It doesn’t reduce all the pain but it will be a big help,” Biden said, using the bully pulpit when his administration believes it has run out of direct levers to address soaring gas prices. “I’m doing my part. I want Congress, states and industry to do their part