US President Joe Biden called on Congress to suspend the federal gasoline tax, saying that “by suspending the 18 cent federal gas tax for the next 90 days, [they] can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief. He also said that states, many of which are enjoying budget surpluses thanks in part to federal pandemic stimulus, should suspend their own gas taxes, and called on refiners and gasoline retailers to make sure “every penny” of the tax pause goes to consumers. Biden also defended the soaring petrol price as a cost America must bear to protect Ukraine’s democracy.