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Federal gas tax holiday proposed by Democrats ahead of midterm elections

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After Florida Governor Ron DeSantis proposed a $1 billion gas tax holiday to help drivers at the pump, two Democratic Senators up for re-election are proposing a federal gas tax holiday for the rest of the year ahead of midterms.

Two Senate Democrats up for reelection proposed a bill on Wednesday to temporarily suspend the federal gas tax through the end of 2022 due to surging oil prices.

The Gas Prices Relief Act from Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., and Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., would suspend the $18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax through Jan. 1, 2023, according to a summary of the proposal.

The senators, who are both on the ballot in November, released the proposal at a time when gas is roughly $3.45 a gallon nationwide, about $1 more expensive than a year ago, according to AAA.