Hassan says it’s ‘frustrating’ that the Biden administration hasn’t supported temporarily removing the federal gas tax



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Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan says it’s “frustrating” that President Biden has yet to back his efforts to temporarily repeal the federal gas tax, to help consumers cope with soaring prices at home. pump.

Hassan, who faces a very difficult political climate as she runs for office this year, is quick to highlight her political differences with the president, whose submarine approval ratings do a disservice. to Hassan as she seeks a second six-year term representing the battleground state of New Hampshire in the Senate.

“What I am pushing for is, among other things, the suspension of the gas tax. This puts a little more money back in people’s pockets. I am pushing the administration to support this. They haven’t done it yet and it’s frustrating,” Hassan told Fox News on Friday.


Hassan spoke to reporters at the office of the New Hampshire Secretary of State as she officially put her name on the 2022 ballot. She arrived hours after consumer prices hit a new high four-decade high, with the Labor Department reporting that the Consumer Price Index, a broad measure of the price of everyday goods, including gas, groceries and rents, rose 8, 6% in May. from a year ago.

Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, with a friend's daughter sitting on her lap, officially submits her candidacy for re-election, June 10, 2022 in Concord, NH

Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, with a friend’s daughter sitting on her lap, officially submits her candidacy for re-election, June 10, 2022 in Concord, NH

Hassan and fellow first-term Democrat Mark Kelly of Arizona, who also hails from a key general election battleground state and are both targeted by Republicans as they seek re-election , co-authored a bill in February, when the national average price for regular gasoline approached $3.50 a gallon. The national average Friday morning was just pennies under $5 a gallon.

The Hassan/Kelly bill, which they titled the Gas Price Relief Act, would remove the federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon through the end of 2022 and calls on the Treasury Department to s ensure savings are passed on to consumers rather than oil and gas companies. And the measure, if passed, would also require the federal government to transfer money into the Highway Trust Fund, which is used for building and maintaining roads and supporting public transit, to offset revenue lost.


The relentless impact of soaring gasoline prices – and the overall spike in inflation – continues with less than five months to go until November’s midterm elections, when Democrats hope to hold on to their wafer-thin majorities. in the US House of Representatives and Senate. Last month, Hassan launched a TV ad in his home state highlighting that the senator is “hiring members of my own party to push for a gas tax holiday, and I’m pushing Joe Biden to release more of our reserves.” of petroleum. That’s how we cut costs and get through those times.”

On Friday, Hassan reiterated that “we also need to stand up to big oil companies. That’s why we asked the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) to investigate whether there is market manipulation or price hikes. “.

And the former two-term governor argued that “because when you look at this, the big oil companies have record profits, but they keep raising the price of gas anyway when they have a additional capacity that they could exploit, but they choose not to.”

This spring, Hassan also shed light between her and the Biden administration on another important issue on voters’ minds — border security and immigration. She disagreed with the administration’s decision to roll back a Trump-era pandemic restriction known as Title 42, which allowed authorities to quickly deport asylum seekers crossing the border. US-Mexico border. A few months ago, Hassan made a high-profile trip to the southern border, becoming one of several Democratic Senate incumbents and candidates in November who are expressing serious concerns about the move.


Title 42, an order issued by former President Donald Trump’s administration amid the coronavirus outbreak, has been used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to deport a majority of migrants at the border. Although it is a public health order and not an immigration policy, it has become one of the central border policies in place as the United States faces an ongoing numbers crisis. at the border. And the Biden administration’s decision came after more than a year of pressure from fellow Democrats amid frustration at the inability to end a policy they see as illegal and cruel to those fleeing persecution.

Immigration activists protesting Sen. Maggie Hassan's stance on border security outnumber Hassan's supporters as the Democratic senator from New Hampshire arrives at the State House seeking re-election, 10 June 2022 in Concord, NH

Immigration activists protesting Sen. Maggie Hassan’s stance on border security outnumber Hassan’s supporters as the Democratic senator from New Hampshire arrives at the State House seeking re-election, 10 June 2022 in Concord, NH

But the problem, along with inflation, has become another political handicap for the president and his party.

When she arrived at New Hampshire’s State House to seek re-election, Hassan was greeted by a large group of supporters, as well as a small group of people protesting her stance on border security and immigration.


Asked about the protest, Hassan told reporters “we have a disagreement here. I don’t think the administration should lift Title 42 until there are resources at the border that provide security and security, because all parties to this issue agree that once title 42 is lifted, we’re going to see an increase in attempts to illegally cross the border, and we need resources on the ground that will actually guard the border safe, secure and orderly so that it is also human.”

The senator emphasized that “I respect that they disagree with me on this. At the end of the day, I have to stand up for the safety and security of my state and my country.”

Asked by Fox News if she would still be okay with the president joining her on the campaign trail later this year, Hassan said, “I would always welcome the President of the United States to New Hampshire. But it’s also very important that we we stand up for the people we represent and listen to the people we represent.

But she also mentioned another difference with Biden’s White House, saying it’s “really important that we have people in the administration who will work to fight the opioid epidemic, which is why I’m am opposed to the nominee for the president of the FDA because he would not recognize the role the FDA has had in fueling the opioid epidemic.”


Republicans argue that the daylight Hassan puts between her and the administration is nothing more than campaign politics of the year.

Republican National Committee spokesman Andrew Mahaleris said, “Maggie Hassan has stood idly by as the Biden administration failed in New Hampshire time and time again. Granite Staters know that Biden’s radical agenda- Hassan is destructive to their families, their livelihoods and their wallets.”


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