Energy & Environment — Biden mulls backing gas tax holiday

President Biden said he will soon make the call about whether to support a federal gas tax exemption. Also, five tribes will go down in history to co-manage a national monument, and Virginia legislators shut down Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) lobbies to suspend the state gas tax.

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Biden’s gas tax exemption decision coming this week

President Biden on Monday told reporters he hopes to make a final decision on supporting the federal gas tax exemption by the end of the week as high fuel prices continue to pose a problem.

“I hope to make a decision…by the end of the week,” Biden said of Rehoboth Beach, Del., where he spent the weekend.

  • Biden has not ruled out sending gas discount cards to Americans, although in recent days administration officials have shown their disapproval of the idea.
  • Suspending the federal gas tax would require action from Congress, but a general push by Biden in favor of the policy could help spur action on Capitol Hill.
  • An estimate from Ben Wharton’s budget model released earlier this year found that suspending the federal gas tax from March to December of this year would reduce average per capita gasoline spending by between $16 and $47 for that period.

playing condition: A few states have already suspended their gas taxes, including Maryland, Connecticut and New York.

The average price of gas topped $5 a gallon last week, according to statistics from AAA.

Read more from The Hill’s Brett Samuels.

Tribes to participate in the management of the National Monument

Five Native American tribes will administer a national monument alongside the federal government for the first time under a new agreement reached between the Biden administration and the tribal nations.

  • The tribes will work alongside the federal government to manage Bears ears National Monument Its size has been a matter of debate in recent years.
  • The Hopi Tribe, Navajo Tribe, Out Mountain Ote Tribe, Uinta Indian Oti Tribe and Ouray Preserve and Pueblo Zuni will now share responsibility for the Utah Memorial.

“This is an important step as we move forward together to ensure that tribal experience and traditional viewpoints remain at the forefront of our joint decision-making on Bear Ears National Monument,” said Tracy Stone Manning, Director of the Bureau of Land Management. , in the current situation.

“This kind of true co-management will serve as a model for our work to honor the nation’s relationship in the future,” she added.

According to the agreement, the tribes and the federal government will work together to plan how the memorial’s land will be used and in developing programs to protect the resources.

Read more about the agreement here.

Yongkin proposed schedule for gas tax

This weekend, the Virginia Senate blocked a proposal by Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) for a three-month gas tax exemption that had passed the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.

  • Yongkin introduced the measure into a budget revision earlier this month. The state Senate, where Democrats have a slim majority, voted 21-18 Friday night to “pass” the tax exemption amendment, effectively killing her. Senator Emmett Hunger (right) joined all of the Democrats in the room in voting against suspending the tax, which costs 26 cents per gallon.
  • State Senator John Edwards (D), one of the voices opposing the bill, told local news outlet WSIS that gas tax revenue is essential to the state’s critical infrastructure.
  • “We’re finally getting enough money to maintain, repair, repair and expand Virginia’s roads with this 2020 package that raises the gas tax,” Edwards told WSIS.

Youngkin criticized the vote and said Virginians should blame Democrats for feeling pain at the pump, Twitter“Democrats have failed to put politics aside for Virginians — for the third time. At a time when inflation and gas prices are soaring in the Commonwealth of Nations, Virginians should know that high gas prices are being brought to you by VASenateDems.”

“The primary Republican vote on the Finance Committee with the Democrats, next time try to make a proposal that can even get votes from your side,” State Senator Louise Lucas (D-Va). replied On the social media platform. “We’re here to work with you when you learn how to govern.”

An earlier version of the proposed suspension had failed earlier in late April, when 10 Democrats and two Republicans on the state Senate Finance Committee killed her.

Read more about voting here.

On tap tomorrow

The House Appropriations Committee will draft budget bills for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Energy Administration

what we read

  • As Colorado River reservoirs run low, states urged to ‘act now’ (Los Angeles Times)
  • Republican drive to overturn courts against climate action reaches defining moment (New York Times)
  • 3,400-year-old Iraqi city emerges from under water after severe drought (CNN)

Finally, there is something odd and amazing: First in the dictionary and in our hearts.

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