Democrats are proposing to offer drivers cash and rebate schemes to counter President Biden’s record-high gas prices.

Reps. Mike Thompson (D-CA), John Larson (D-CT), and Lauren Underwood (D-IL) last week proposed the Gas Rebate Act of 2022 where American drivers would receive a $100 energy rebate per month for the remainder of 2022.


he rebate would only be awarded if the national average gas price exceeds $4.00 per gallon. The national average price of gas on Thursday was $4.23, according to AAA.

Additional constraints would apply to “those who earn less than $75,000 and $100 for joint tax filers who earn less than $150,000,” CBS WCSC reported.

House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., looks to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, during the House Homeland Security Committee on budget. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Upon introducing the bill, Thompson blamed the high gas prices on Russian President Vladimir Putin instead of Biden’s war on American energy independence. Increasing about a dollar throughout Biden’s first year, gas prices have risen about an additional 70 cents since the invasion began.

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., speaks on the House floor as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., speaks on the House floor as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

“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 claimed.

Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Larson will face Republican Mary Fay for Connecticut's 1st Congressional District in the 2020 elections. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Rep. John Larson (D-CT) speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Thompson is not the only Democrat trying to reduce the price of gas heading into the midterms. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has proposed to counter Biden’s high gas prices by giving cash to drivers, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Mr. Newsom’s $11 billion relief package, unveiled Wednesday, includes $400 direct payments to Californians per vehicle they own, capped at two vehicles. The proposal doesn’t have an income cap.”

The Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his annual State of the State address in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, March 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Back on the east coast, the Governor of Maine, Janet Mills (D), has proposed a budget gimmick that she says would hand out $850 in relief checks due to Biden’s 40-year-high inflation.

“Inflation and increased oil and gas prices resulting from Putin’s invasion of Ukraine are hitting Maine people hard,” Mills claimed, not mentioning the roughly $1.00 increase in the price of gas cost before the invasion. “This proposal will help Maine people grapple with these increased costs by putting money directly back into their pockets.”

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has taken a different tact. He has proposed a tax increase on the oil industry, which would be given to Americans in the form of a tax rebate. The name of his legislation is the Stop Gas Price Gouging Tax and Rebate Act.

“It’s no time for profiteering or price-gouging,” DeFazio claimed. “This is why I’ve introduced the Stop Gas Price Gouging Tax and Rebate Act. My legislation would tax big oil’s excess profits in 2022 and return the revenue back to Americans.”

DeFazio blaming the oil companies for Biden’s high gas price comes as the industry is struggling with red tape that Biden has imposed. Specifically, Biden has made it increasingly more difficult for oil companies to gain financing to drill on private lands. Biden has also halted new drilling on public lands. Moreover, Biden has terminated the Keystone pipeline project that would have transported vast amounts of oil to American refineries.

Overall, Democrats have refused to take responsibility for the high gas prices, which has fueled inflation. For instance, what was once called “transitory” inflation is now “Putin’s price hike.” Before that shift, CNN labeled inflation “good,” which the Washington Post quickly reframed as “corporate greed.”

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