3 House Democrats Propose a $100 Monthly Gas Check to Help Americans Cope With Rising Prices.

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Three House Democrats submitted a bill last week that would provide Americans with monthly direct payments until 2022 — or, at the very least, as long as prices stay abnormally high.

The initiative was unveiled by Reps. Mike Thompson of California, Lauren Underwood of Illinois, and John Larson of Connecticut. It would pay individuals with $100 monthly checks and couples with $200 checks while the national average for gasoline is $4 a gallon or higher. Additionally, households would be able to claim an additional $100 for each dependant claimed on their tax returns.

 

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“Americans are paying the price for Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine at the pump, and right now we must collaborate on common-sense policy solutions to alleviate the financial strain on my people,” Thompson said in a statement.

The income eligibility requirements are similar to those for the third and final stimulus check given last year: individuals earning less than $75,000 and couples earning less than $150,000. Individuals earning more than $80,000 and married couples earning more than $160,000 would be ineligible.

It comes as Democrats struggle to address rising gasoline costs in the aftermath of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. According to AAA, the national average price per gallon is $4.25, down only $0.08 from a week ago. The organisation attributed some of the decline to decreased crude oil prices.

The plan faces a lengthy road to passage. Republicans are hammering Democrats over the surge in gasoline costs, and they are generally wary of providing unconditional assistance. Other Democrats indicated a willingness to support some kind of the energy rebate without making a commitment.

“I’m really interested in finding methods to provide relief to the driver at the pump,” Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the Senate Finance Committee’s chairman, told Insider last week. “I’m examining it.”

Another proposal, offered by California Rep. Ro Khanna and Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, would provide Americans with quarterly payments paid by a tax on lucrative oil firms.

 

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Among the other Democratic proposals on the table is a one-year suspension of the federal gas tax. This is the strategy supported by two Senate Democrats facing challenging reelection campaigns in Arizona and New Hampshire. However, Republicans dismissed the proposal as a short-term gimmick, and not every Democrat agrees.

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