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Davids renews call for suspension of federal gas tax; Adkins rejects idea as ‘gimmick’

By: - March 14, 2022 5:59 pm
U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, proposed suspension of the federal tax on gasoline. Her likely GOP opponent, Amanda Adkins, said the idea of setting aside the 18-cent-per-gallon tax in 2022 was political theater. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, proposed suspension of the federal tax on gasoline. Her likely GOP opponent, Amanda Adkins, said the idea of setting aside the 18-cent-per-gallon tax in 2022 was political theater. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

TOPEKA — Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and Republican congressional candidate Amanda Adkins disagree about proposals before Congress to temporarily suspend the federal tax on gasoline for the remainder of the year due to surges in fuel prices at the pump.

Davids, the 3rd District representative seeking re-election, said the 18-cent-per-gallon tax should be suspended through legislation that would shield the highway trust fund from a decline in revenue. The proposal emerged as consumers dealt with sticker shock worsened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Here at home, folks are already feeling the effects of this uncertainty, mainly in the form of rising prices at the gas pump,” Davids said. “This comes as hard-working Kansans are also dealing with increased prices on groceries and medicine, further squeezing what was already a tight budget for many families.”

Adkins, who is seeking the GOP nomination in the 3rd District after losing to Davids in 2020, denounced the idea with posts to social media.

She said suspension of the U.S. tax on gas wouldn’t “do nearly enough to help” families wrestling with higher costs of goods and services. She also criticized Democratic President Joe Biden’s energy policies.

“This ‘plan’ from Davids is a gimmick that won’t even make a dent in the extra $4,000 families in KS03 are paying due to inflation,” Adkins said. “As inflation continues surging, it breaks my heart knowing that behind every statistic is a Kansas family going without and struggling to make ends meet.”

On Monday, Davids’ campaign launched a drive-time advertisement on Kansas City metropolitan area radio stations to target motorists in Johnson, Wyandotte and Miami counties. The commercial points to the gasoline tax policy gap between Davids and Adkins.

“On energy prices, as with so many other concerns facing Kansas families, we’re making it clear: One candidate is looking out for Kansans and one is looking out for herself,” said Ellie Turner, spokesperson for Davids.

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Tim Carpenter
Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

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