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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that Democratic leaders will gauge the party’s support for President Biden’s proposed gas tax holiday but stopped short of endorsing the idea, suggesting a rare break between the Speaker and her White House ally on an issue that’s threatening Democrats’ prospects at the polls in November.
“We will see where the consensus lies on a path forward for the President’s proposal in the House and the Senate, building on the strong bills to lower prices at the pump already passed by House Democrats including the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act and the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act,“ Pelosi said in a statement.
The article goes on to state the following:
The statement represents a tepid response from a Democratic leader who’s typically effusive in praising the president’s agenda, economic and otherwise. And it reflects the concerns of a number of Democrats on Capitol Hill that suspending the federal gas tax simply won’t show up as significant savings at the pump.
Pelosi noncommittal re Biden’s call for 3 month suspension of fed gas tax.. (Not a complete surprise. She’s not a fan of it)
“We will see where the consensus lies on a path forward for the President’s proposal in the House and the Senate…” pic.twitter.com/baJp88LIBM
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Pelosi also rejected the idea back in March, claiming there is no guarantee that the savings would be passed along to consumers.
“The pro is very showbiz. ‘OK, let’s just do something, there it is.’ But it is not necessarily landing in the pocket of the consumer,” Pelosi said.
Nancy Pelosi on Gas Tax Holiday
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