Tell Your Members of Congress and Governor: 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 some in Congress, as well as several state Governors, to call for a suspension of the federal gas tax for the remainder of the year.
ASCE strongly opposes the Gas Prices Relief Act (S. 3609/H.R. 6787), which would suspend the current 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gasoline tax through the end of this year, with no mechanism in place 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 U.S. Senators, U.S. Representative, and Governor to oppose the Gas Prices Relief Act, as well as any discussions on a federal gas tax holiday.