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Whitmer, five other governors call for federal gas tax holiday

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US gas hits a record: $4.17 a gallon

People pump gas at a Giant Eagle GetGo where a gallon of unleaded regular gas is $4.19.9, while at a neighboring Sunoco station, rear, a gallon of unleaded regular is $4.39.9, in Mount Lebanon, Pa., Monday, March 7, 2022.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and five other Democrat governors sent a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to suspend the 18.4-cent federal gas tax for the rest of 2022.

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined five of her counterparts in other states to call for a pause of the federal gasoline tax as prices break records.

Whitmer joined Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Tim Walz of Minnesota, Jared Polis of Colorado, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania in a letter asking Congress to pass the Gas Prices Relief Act.

The bill, which Congressman Dan Kildee of Flint introduced last month, would pause the 18.4-cent federal gasoline tax for the remainder of 2022.

Kildee introduces bill to halt 18.4-cent federal gas tax for the rest of 2022

The governors noted that gasoline prices are rising fast across the U.S. and breaking records. The national average gas price hit $4.18 per gallon for regular unleaded on Tuesday, which surpassed the previous record of $4.11.

"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," the governors' joint letter says.

The Gas Prices Relief Act, which is pending in the U.S. House and Senate, would replace revenue from the gasoline tax with an equal amount of money from the treasury into the Highway Trust Fund, so it remains solvent.

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