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Senators call for gas tax suspension to blunt rising prices

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Posted at 6:13 AM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 08:13:53-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic senators are calling for suspending the federal gas tax for the remainder of the year to help consumers struggling with rising fuel prices.

Other lawmakers are unlikely to go along with the idea. The legislation from Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire could prove popular during an election year in which the average price of gas nationally exceeds about $3.45 a gallon.

The price could go even higher during peak driving season. The federal gas tax has remained at 18.4 cents per gallon since 1993. Over the years, lawmakers have visited the idea of suspending the gas tax but did not generate enough support.

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