Biden says he’ll make sure Americans aren’t ‘gas hungry’

President BidenJoe BidenHouse passes Defense Policy Bill 8B House approves bill to facilitate passage of debt ceiling hike Senate rejects attempt to block Biden Saudi arms sale MORE said on Wednesday that his administration would make sure Americans don’t get “scammed for gas,” noting the recent drop in prices.

Biden credited his administration’s decision last month to release 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s strategic oil reserve during a speech in Kansas City where he said the average price of gas had fallen below $ 3 per gallon.

“These savings are starting to hit drivers,” Biden said in remarks to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. ” We are progressing. We will continue to make sure the American people pay their fair share for the gas, not get ripped off for the gas. ”

High gasoline and natural gas prices have become a nagging political issue for Biden, who has seen his approval ratings drop in recent months as Americans worry about the rising cost of goods. A Monmouth poll released on Wednesday found that about three in 100 Americans cite everyday bills or inflation as the biggest concern they face.

Republicans hammered Democrats on the issue and blamed Biden’s policies for rising inflation.

The price of crude oil has fallen from its October peak of nearly $ 85 to $ 72 a barrel, which is good news for the White House. On Wednesday, the average price of gasoline in the United States fell to $ 3.35, a smaller drop. The federal government expects prices to continue falling through December and January.

Biden was in Kansas City to promote the bipartisan infrastructure law, which he said would help transform the economy by creating jobs, repairing aging roads and bridges, and investing in electric buses and massive expansion. broadband.

The President also referred to rising costs several times during the speech. He acknowledged that inflation is “real”, but insisted that his social and climate policy package, which is being debated by the Senate, would not add to inflationary pressures. Biden also said the bill would reduce costs for an average family of four.

But Biden’s argument on the bill failed to convince Sen. Joe manchinJoe ManchinManchin warns of inflation as Democrats pursue Biden’s spending bill. Overnight Healthcare – Biden tenure faces resistance from Dem Gas export means higher monthly energy bills for American families MORE (DW.Va.), which this week highlighted its lingering concerns about inflation and warned Democrats against rushing to approve the spending program.

“We have to make sure we get it right. We can’t afford to continue flooding the market like we’ve done,” Manchin said at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council summit on Tuesday.

Manchin’s concerns over the bill appear likely to upset the Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer Build Better Is it bad for states that Dole is in Capitol State Rotunda Biden highlights drug prices on Senate vote on social spending MORE‘s (DN.Y.) plans to bring it forward next week.

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