Governor Whitmer Demands Washington Suspend Federal Gas TaxWhitmer and five other Democratic governors urge Congress to pass the Gas Prices Relief Act, which would reduce prices at the pump.

By Main Street Sentinel Staff

As fuel costs continue to surge, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is demanding that Washington suspend the federal gasoline tax in order to reduce prices.

In a letter to Congress, Whitmer argued for the passage of the Gas Prices Relief Act, which would pause the federal gas tax, currently at 18.4 cents per gallon, until the end of 2022: “At a time when people are directly impacted by rising prices on everyday goods, a federal gas tax holiday is a tool in the toolbox to reduce costs for Americans, and we urge you to give every consideration to this proposed legislation.”

Five other Democratic governors – Colorado Governor Jared Polis, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, and Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers – joined Whitmer in her call “to relieve Americans of the financial stress caused by increased gas prices amid international crises and rising inflation.”

Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and Representatives Elissa Slotkin and Dan Kildee are among the federal lawmakers who have co-sponsored the Gas Prices Relief Act. The bill would allow the US Treasury to temporarily replace the lost gas-tax revenue with other funds in order to give Americans a break on high prices at the pump.