(WMBD) — Local lawmakers are responding to President Biden’s proposal asking Congress to suspend the federal gas and diesel taxes for the next three months.
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) sent a statement to WMBD responding to the proposal Wednesday afternoon.
“Across the country, people are hurting and gas prices are just one part of how inflation and Russia’s war in Ukraine is impacting Americans. From legislation that addresses price gouging at the pump to inflation, the President and Congress have been hard at work tackling this issue, and I believe we need to consider every proposal that continues to build on this work.”Cheri Bustos, U.S. Representative (D-17)
Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) also sent a statement to WMBD on Wednesday.
“The recent doubling of gas prices is a supply problem. This is a gimmick to cover for the Biden Administration’s disastrous anti-American energy policies. Biden’s war on American energy is costing hard working Americans more and more every day, and people will see right through this.”Rodney Davis, U.S. Representative (R-13)
Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) sent WMBD a statement just after 4 p.m. Wednesday, responding to the proposal.
“Since taking office President Biden has woefully mismanaged our economy and helped push gas prices to record highs with policies that crippled our energy sector. His gas tax proposal isn’t a fix – it is a gimmick that would have little impact on the cost of gas for consumers. Instead, the Biden Administration should end their war on American-made energy, drop their inflationary spending policies, and unleash America’s energy production and energy independence, including oil, gas, renewables, and Illinois biofuels.”Darin LaHood, U.S. Representative (R-18)
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a response to the proposal after 5 p.m.
“I’m all for any action we can take at the federal level to lower the cost of gas for working families across the country. If suspending the gas tax would do that, then I’m all for it. We need to make sure that consumers feel the benefit of this and not the big oil companies that are profiting off of the unreasonably high prices of gas. That’s why I wrote a bill that would make this type of price gouging during a time of international crisis illegal, and I hope that my colleagues would join me in getting this bill passed.”Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Senator (D-IL)
This story will be updated as more responses are receieved.