With midterm elections rapidly approaching and the Democrats looking at potentially historic losses, the party is trying to convince the American public that they are no longer interested in pursuing Joe Biden’s radical agenda.
Several vulnerable Democrat Senators have signaled a pause of radical policy enforcement, introducing a new piece of legislation to temporarily halt a federal gas tax on already soaring prices at the pump.
Democratic Arizona Senator Mark Kelly and New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan introduced the “Gas Prices Relief Act” on Wednesday. The bill would suspend the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax – but only until the end of the year, just long enough to save face for midterms.
The misleading bill is co-sponsored by Democratic Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, Nevada Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jackie Rosen, and Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock.
Kelly, Hassan, Cortez Masto, and Warnock are considered vulnerable seats in contested races in the 2022 midterms. Kelly, Cortez Masto, and Warnock are all rated as toss-ups by the Cook Political Report, while Hassan’s seat is rated as Lean Democratic.
“Arizonans are paying some of the highest prices for gas we have seen in years and it’s putting a strain on families who need to fill up the tank to get to work and school,” said Kelly, who warned last month that inflation is “really hurting Arizona families and families across the country,” but blamed large corporations rather than the reckless policy decisions made by Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration.
“This bill will lower gas prices by suspending the federal gas tax through the end of the year to help Arizona families struggling with high costs for everything from gas to groceries.”
“This legislation is about making sure that we get Granite Staters relief at the gas pump. People are feeling a real pinch on everyday goods, and we must do more to help address rising costs, particularly the price of gas,” said Hassan, who was one of the eleven Senate Democrats who sent a memo to President Biden in November urging him to use every tool at his disposal to lower costs at the pump.
“We need to continue to think creatively about how we can find new ways to bring down costs, and this bill would do exactly that, making a tangible difference for workers and families.”
“This is important legislation that will help us lower costs for Nevada families,” Cortez Masto added. “I’m committed to finding solutions that bring our families some much-needed relief at the pump and help them get ahead.”
“Whether it’s working to ease supply chain issues, crack down on corporate greed, or cap out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs, I’m committed to lowering rising costs for Georgia families,” added Warnock. “Hardworking Georgians being squeezed at the pump understand that every penny counts. I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing the Gas Prices Relief Act to help working and middle class families overcome the economic pressures of the pandemic, and come out on top.”
Polls have revealed that inflation is a top concern among Americans heading into the 2022 midterms. Resulting from a mixture of inflation and damaging oil and gas policy, the price of fuel has skyrocketed over the past year.
The [Consumer Price Index] data showed that inflation had increased by an annual rate of 7%, the fastest year-over-year increase in nearly 40 years, with prices at the pump up by almost 50% since last year.
While the Senate Democrats will try to sell this bill as a huge win for the American people, the reality is that it does little to offer any real help for the out of control gas prices, and instead is just pausing a horrendous decision they contributed to until they have tricked the people into voting for them once more.