A group of Democratic lawmakers are looking to ease the burden on American motorists who are saddled with higher gas prices by offering another round of stimulus checks.
House Reps. Mike Thompson of California, John Larson of Connecticut and Lauren Underwood of Illinois are co-sponsoring a bill
That would authorize $100 monthly energy rebates for any month this year in which the national average gas price exceeded $4 per gallon.
The average national gas price stood recently at $4.24 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association.
The Gas Rebate Act of 2022 would also offer the same monthly rebate for each dependent.
The bill would work similarly to the stimulus checks that were sent to Americans during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Single people earning less than $75,000 annually would receive the full $100 rebate, while checks for those earning up to $80,000 would be phased out.
Joint filers who earn less than $150,000 would qualify for the rebate, which would be phased out at up to $160,000.
Rep. Mike Thompson is co-sponsoring legislation that would offer monthly $100 rebates whenever the average national gas price exceeds $4 a gallon.
“Americans are feeling the impact at the pump of Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine,
And right now we must work together on commonsense policy solutions to ease the financial burden that my constituents are feeling,” Thompson said.
Republicans have also proposed ways of putting money back into Americans’ pockets, including gas tax holidays. Two GOP-run states — Maryland and Georgia — have temporarily suspended their gas tax.
Drivers in Georgia and Maryland were granted the much-needed relief after lawmakers in those states halted the taxes last Friday.
Maryland acted first, pausing its gas tax for 30 days through April 16, Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter.
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