The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) president and CEO Michael Johnson issued the following statement after President Biden asked Congress to approve legislation to suspend the collection of the federal gas tax for three months.
NSSGA, as part of the Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM) Coalition, sent a letter to President Biden to highlight our concerns with this request and will continue to work in Washington to oppose suspending this critical tool for investing in infrastructure.
“On the heels of receiving the largest package for infrastructure funding in the nation’s history, the Biden Administration has asked Congress to suspend the gas tax. Suspending the federal gas tax will upend the historic investments just put into law and jeopardise our surface transportation programs that are in desperate need of updates and modernisation. Repeated studies show a gas tax holiday is a shortsighted fix and will not help in alleviating higher prices paid by consumers.
"NSSGA shares the views of many leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress that this proposed tax holiday will not put money back in the hands of the consumer and will harm the economy. In fact, suspending the gas tax will only drive uncertainty and harm American families that have been waiting for decades for new investments to improve their roads, bridges and communities. NSSGA instead calls on Congress and the administration to take up common sense solutions that will increase American energy supply. NSSGA will keep fighting in Washington and working with our partners across every state to oppose federal or states seeking to halt or suspend the current gas tax.”