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Congress Likely Won’t Support a Gas Tax Suspension

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Congress is likely to quash the White House effort to back a suspension of the federal gasoline tax. Correspondent Bernie Bennett reports.

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The White House has flirted for weeks with the idea of temporarily halting the 18-cent tax as one way to bring relief to drivers amid record gas prices – and President Biden will announce his support for it today.

Doubts about pausing the federal gasoline tax are coming from both allies and foes of the White House.

Democrats have expressed concerns that some of the savings may get passed on to oil companies rather than consumers and have also raised worries about a reduction in federal highway spending that is funded by the tax.

But many Republicans are also skeptical of a gas tax suspension.

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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