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Haley Campaign Press Release - VIDEO: Haley Calls for Eliminating the Federal Gas Tax, Bashes D.C. Spending Mess

September 20, 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Presidential candidate Nikki Haley previewed her forthcoming economic speech on Varney & Co. this morning. She called for eliminating the federal gas and diesel tax to give families relief from Joe Biden's inflation. Her proposal is part of a larger plan to reverse the damage of Bidenomics and revive America's middle class.

Haley will roll out her economic plan Friday morning in New Hampshire.

Haley on repealing the federal gas tax...

"Yes, we want to eliminate the federal gas tax. We have to get more money in our taxpayers' pockets... It's a small portion of what actually goes to pave roads and of that portion a lot of it goes to bike trails and hiking trails and things like that. The Highway Trust Fund hasn't been solvent in years. Let's go back and make sure we do that not with the Highway Trust Fund, but that we do it out of the general fund in a way that we're looking at infrastructure, roads, bridges, ports for 20, 30 years out and not just keep piecemealing it the way we are. That way you also help families that are suffering from inflation."

Haley on the spending mess in Washington...

"It's not difficult to cut spending. You have to want to do it. Congress has been lazy for a long time. Biden has sent us down this socialism creep, but let's be clear, our Republicans have done this to us, too. They need to get in a room, they need to figure it out. As president, I will stop the spending. I will eliminate the earmarks. I'll stop the borrowing, and I'll veto any spending bill that doesn't take us back to pre-COVID levels. Congress needs to do their job. Taxpayers don't want to hear about whether you're going to shut down the government or not shut down the government. They want to hear you're going to get in a room and fix it...

"Let me tell you this, if the government shuts down, Congress should not get paid. You don't pay any single congressional member if you're going to go and allow this embarrassment to happen and do this to the taxpayers.

"Taxpayers send you to D.C. to do your job. Doing your job is balancing a budget. They don't do that. Doing your job is spending taxpayer dollars in a way that you'd spend your own. They don't do that. They're spending like drunken sailors. Doing your job is paying down the debt because our kids are never going to forgive us for this. Doing your job is getting inflation down and making sure we're energy dominant and that people can afford homes and rent again. Doing your job is making sure we can go to the grocery store, buy groceries for our families, and fill up our cars like we need it. Congress has failed, all of them, and they need to fix this."

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - VIDEO: Haley Calls for Eliminating the Federal Gas Tax, Bashes D.C. Spending Mess Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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