Biden Gets Tough Over Gas Prices

The president, who called for a 90-day gas-tax suspension, blamed eye-popping prices at the pump on the war in Ukraine and oil companies putting profits over patriotism.By Susan Milligan|June 22, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.SaveMore

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 22: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about gas prices in the South Court Auditorium at the White House campus on June 22, 2022 in Washington, DC. Biden called on Congress to temporarily suspend the federal gas tax. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about gas prices in the South Court Auditorium at the White House campus on June 22, 2022 in Washington, DC.(DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES)

With Americans complaining about high gas prices, President Joe Biden went on the offensive Wednesday, shaming oil companies, calling out Republicans for claiming production has been thwarted by the administration, and casting the crisis as a test of American patriotism and determination to stop a dictator.

Formally announcing a proposal to suspend the federal gas tax for 90 days, Biden blamed much of the gas price hike on Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and the attending supply and global market forces that increased costs.

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