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GOP leaders say Biden’s call for 3-month suspension of gas, diesel taxes a ‘gimmick’

GOP leaders in Mississippi and Alabama called President Joe Biden’s efforts to temporarily...
GOP leaders in Mississippi and Alabama called President Joe Biden’s efforts to temporarily suspend taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel a ‘gimmick.’(Live 5/File)
Published: Jun. 22, 2022 at 4:03 PM CDT
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(WTOK/WALA) - GOP leaders in Mississippi and Alabama called President Joe Biden’s efforts to temporarily suspend taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel a ‘gimmick.’ Biden Wednesday urged Congress to suspend federal taxes on gas and diesel for three months to help Americans beleaguered by high fuel costs. He also urged states to suspend state gas taxes.

Mississippi U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker released a statement saying the high cost of gas is the fault of the president’s own policies.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also called Biden’s efforts a gimmick, saying such tactics wouldn’t guarantee that consumers would see any relief.

Gov. Ivey signed a bill in 2019 increasing Alabama’s gas tax to 28 cents a gallon. She has said she is against suspending the state’s tax on gasoline because that money is funding several road projects across Alabama.

Former Energy Secretary under President Trump and chair of the Center for Energy and Environment at AFPI, Rick Perry, said the Biden Administration’s proposed gas tax suspension is political theater.

“The American people don’t need more gimmicks or finger-pointing. Instead, they need the Biden Administration to end its war on American energy,” said Perry. “This is no time to play games with the economic outlook for American families.”

Suspension of the federal gas and diesel taxes would require action by Congress,

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