Tell Your Members of Congress: Oppose the Gas Prices Relief Act
Last year, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. The IIJA represents a historic investment in the nation’s infrastructure and is a significant step to reduce our growing infrastructure investment gap. Unfortunately, increasingly higher gasoline prices have led to President Biden and some in Congress to call for a suspension of the federal gas tax for the next several months, putting at risk the investments made under the IIJA.
ASCE strongly opposes any effort to suspend the current 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gasoline tax, including President Biden’s recent proposal to suspend it through September 2022 and legislation in Congress which would suspend the federal gas tax through the end of this year, also known as the Gas Prices Relief Act (S. 3609/H.R. 6787).
Proposals from the Administration and Congress provide no mechanism to guarantee the savings trickle down to consumers or that the tax will be reinstated in 2023. Taking a gas tax “holiday”—even for a temporary amount of time—would result in the loss of over $20 billion from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), dealing a serious blow to the new bipartisan infrastructure law at a crucial point in time as Americans are expecting improvements to the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems that rely on that funding for maintenance and repair.
Now is the time to build on the momentum of the IIJA and for the first time in decades take significant steps to revitalize our aging transportation infrastructure, improve public safety, and create well-paying local jobs.
Please take a few minutes to urge your Senators and Representative to oppose the Gas Prices Relief Act, or any other proposals to take a federal gas tax holiday.