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Biden, Top Aide Make Preemptive Case for Gasoline-Tax Pause

June 21, 2022, 9:54 PM

President Joe Biden and a top economic aide preemptively defended a potential suspension of the federal gasoline tax, saying it wouldn’t hurt road-building projects and that savings would be passed on to consumers -- the latest signal Biden’s leaning toward urging Congress to pause the levy.

Biden, who has been keen to demonstrate he’s taking steps to ease high prices at the pump, rebutted an oft-cited concern that suspending the 18.4 cents-per-gallon tax would halt a key revenue source for maintaining roads.

“We have a giant infrastructure bill we passed -- giant,” he told reporters Tuesday at the White House. ...