Biden asks Congress to suspend gas tax for 3 months

US President Joe Biden has asked Congress to suspend the federal gasoline tax for three months to bring down soaring prices.

Biden said he's calling on Congress to suspend the tax through the busy summer travel season until the end of September.

He said bringing down the price of gas will give families some relief.

Prices at the pump this month were 60 percent higher than a year ago, the highest on record.

Biden's support rate has been languishing at the lowest level since he took office. He apparently hopes to win back support by acting to ease the burden on consumers.

The current federal gas tax is about 18 cents per gallon.

But Republicans and some Democrats are skeptical about the plan. Some say it would reduce revenues to maintain roads and other infrastructure.