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California Senate Democrats Reject Measure To Lower Price Of Gas By $1 A Gallon 

By   /  September 18, 2023  /  1 Comment


Sacramento, CA — With gas prices creeping close to $5.50 for a gallon of regular gasoline in California, today Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Huntington Beach) pushed for an amendment to suspend the state’s gas taxes and fees for one year, which would lower gas prices by $1 per gallon. Senator Nguyen’s action today comes the same day residents of another state had their gas prices lowered with a gas tax suspension. 

Without any hesitation, Senate Democrats blocked the effort, not even considering it for debate, on a party-line vote. Click here for the roll-call vote and click here for the video of the presentation.

“Drivers in California are now paying $1.63 more per gallon than the national average,” said Senator Janet Nguyen. “We brought forward legislation that would provide much-needed relief to drivers who are struggling with the high cost of living in California. It’s disappointing that Senate Democrats play political games and won’t even debate a legitimate measure on the Senate floor. What are they afraid of?”

High gas prices, tacked onto the already high cost of living in California, hurt those who can least afford it the most. With high grocery prices, outrageous utility bills, housing prices that force families to flee, and high inflation, Californians need relief wherever they can get it.

During the last few days of session, Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones (R-San Diego) has vowed to continue to fight on behalf of hard-working Californians by not only lowering gas prices, but also stopping Democrats’ attempts to raise taxes.

“Our fight is far from over,” Leader Jones said. “Californians are paying the highest gas prices in the country while Democrat lawmakers refuse commonsense solutions to bring relief. Suspending the gas tax is not a partisan solution—in fact, it’s been endorsed by President Biden. Every day, California Republicans are working to cut costs whether it’s suspending the gas tax or fighting the never-ending tax increases proposed by the majority party. While my Democrat colleagues hide behind procedural moves and reject solutions to save Californians money at the pump, I’ll continue to stand vocally in opposition to their bad measures that increase everyday costs.”

Senator Brian W. Jones represents the 40th Senate District which includes the Cities of Escondido, Poway, San Marcos, Santee, San Diego City communities of Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and University City, along with the San Diego County unincorporated communities of 4S Ranch, Alpine, Bonsall, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Pine Valley, Rainbow, Ramona, and Valley Center

Elected in 2022, Senator Nguyen represents California Senate District 36, which covers Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Westminster, San Clemente, Fountain Valley, Buena Park, Dana Point, Seal Beach, Laguna Beach, Stanton, La Palma, Rossmoor, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Cerritos, Artesia and Hawaiian Gardens.

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  1. Stein says:

    These democrats should be voted out from their seat or office for not taking into considerations of many tax paying californians that is now suffering from high inflations..the cost of everything went up here in California and we don’t see any sign of relief from our lawmakers..it seems they don’t care except raising taxes…why not a tax break from gas soaring prices??

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