Biden’s Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says there is ‘not much that can be done’ on gas prices


Biden’s Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo says there is ‘not much that can be done’ on gas prices and continues to put the blame on Putin

  • Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo admitted Tuesday ‘that there isn’t very much’ the Biden administration can do to relieve spiking gas prices
  • ‘Unfortunately, that is the brutal reality,’ Raimondo said
  • Average price per gallon of gas in the U.S. reached a high of $4.92 on Tuesday 
  • Raimondo blamed the continued surge on Vladimir Putin, claiming it would persist as long as the war between Russia and Ukraine continued     
  • Democratic Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow downplayed concerns over gas prices saying it ‘doesn’t matter’ because she has an electric vehicle
  • ‘On the issue of gas prices [I] went by every gas station [in my electric vehicle] and it didn’t matter how high it was,’ the Michigan senator said during a hearing
  • Added: ‘I’m looking forward to the opportunity for us to move to vehicles that aren’t going to be dependent on the whims of the oil companies’
  • The average cost of an electric vehicle is $56,437, which is approximately $10,000 higher than the industry average

Joe Biden‘s Commerce Secretary admitted Tuesday that the administration can’t do anything to help relieve the surging price of gas – instead placing the blame on Russian President Vladimir Putin for invading Ukraine at the end of February.

‘Unfortunately, that is the brutal reality,’ Gina Raimondo told CNN when asked what President Biden can do to relieve Americans’ wallets at the gas pump.

‘You know,’ Raimondo added, ‘this is, in large part, caused by Putin’s aggression. You know, since Putin moved troops to the border of Ukraine, gas prices have gone up over $1.40 a gallon, and the President is asking for Congress and others for potential ideas.

‘But as you say, the reality is that there isn’t very much more to be done,’ she said.

As of Tuesday, the average price per gallon of gas in the U.S. reached a new high of $4.92 – with many Americans seeing the cost to fill up their tank exceed $100.

Raimondo warned that prices will not go down until an end to the war in Ukraine, which has gone on for over three months.

A poll released Sunday shows that when it comes to gas prices, 74 percent of Americans say that the issue will be at the top of their mind when they head to cast their vote in the 2022 midterm elections.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo admitted to CNN Tuesday 'that there isn't very much' the Biden administration can do to relieve spiking gas prices

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo admitted to CNN Tuesday ‘that there isn’t very much’ the Biden administration can do to relieve spiking gas prices

The average price per gallon of gas in the U.S. reached a new high of $4.92 on Tuesday

The average price per gallon of gas in the U.S. reached a new high of $4.92 on Tuesday

The ABC News/Ipsos survey showed that 72 percent of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of gas prices – as the administration continues to call it the ‘Putin gas hike,’ and places the blame on the conflict in Eastern Europe.

Only 27 percent of Americans approve of how Biden is handling gas prices, according to the poll taken among 542 American adults between June 3-4.

Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow dismissed Americans’ concerns over gas prices on Tuesday, saying that it ‘doesn’t matter’ to her because she has an electric vehicle.

Instead she urged the country to move toward electric cars in order to decrease reliability on greedy oil companies and foreign markets.

‘On the issue of gas prices – after waiting for a long time to have enough chips in this country to finally get my electric vehicle – I got it and drove it from Michigan to here this last weekend and went by every gas station and it didn’t matter how high it was,’ the Michigan senator said during a hearing on President Joe Biden’s budget proposal. 

She added: ‘I’m looking forward to the opportunity for us to move to vehicles that aren’t going to be dependent on the whims of the oil companies and the international markets.’

United States senators make an annual salary of $174,000.

The average cost of an electric vehicle, according to Kelley Blue Book, is $56,437, which is approximately $10,000 higher than the industry average including cars that are electric and gas.

Michigan’s average household income is $59,234 between 2016-2020 – just a few thousand over the typical cost of an EV, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Democratic Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow said that it 'doesn't matter' to her how high gas prices get because she has an electric vehicle and doesn't have to worry about it

Democratic Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow said that it ‘doesn’t matter’ to her how high gas prices get because she has an electric vehicle and doesn’t have to worry about it

In Michigan the price per gallon sits higher than the national average at $5.17, according to AAA’s tracker. 

Stabenow’s office did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com regarding the senator’s comments. 

Some of President Joe Biden’s lowest marks are on his handling of gas prices, which the administration continues to dub the ‘Putin gas price hike’ in an attempt to peg the continually inflating numbers on the war in Eastern Europe.

Raimondo suggested on Tuesday the possibility of a gas tax holiday – but that would require congressional action. She also pointed to steps Biden has taken in tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserves, which has had nearly no effect on gas prices.

‘But again, especially what we need to do is get Putin to end this war. And that is also something that we are working as hard as we can to do,’ Raimondo said.

‘The President is thinking about this every day and pushing his team and Congress to come up with any idea possible because we’re deeply aware of how this is hurting American families.’

Michigan is a battleground state that went marginally red in 2016 for Trump by just 0.3 percent and swung back to blue in 2020, going 50.6 percent for Biden and 47.8 for the former president’s reelection.

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that 83 percent of Americans say that the economy is either an extremely or very important issue in determining how they will vote in the 2022 midterms – and a vast majority disapprove of Biden's handling of economic recovery, inflation and gas prices

A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that 83 percent of Americans say that the economy is either an extremely or very important issue in determining how they will vote in the 2022 midterms – and a vast majority disapprove of Biden’s handling of economic recovery, inflation and gas prices

Stabenow’s comments downplaying concerns of Americans who are struggling to afford the $100 plus it cost to fill their cars’ gas tanks came during a hearing with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen about soaring inflation. 

The Democratic senator from Michigan is on the Senate Finance Committee, where Yellen was testifying on Tuesday about Biden’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget amid record-high inflation. 

Stabenow is currently in the middle of her third term in the upper chamber of Congress. Before that she served as a member of the House of Representatives for Michigan’s 8th district from 1997 to until her election to the Senate in 2001.

When adjusted to reflect inflation of the value in 2020, Stabenow has been making over $212,000 per year since becoming a member of Congress in the late 1990s.

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