US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAYS DECISION ON GAS TAX HOLIDAY MAY COME THIS WEEK

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President Joe Biden said Monday that he will decide by the end of the week whether he would support a federal gasoline tax holiday, possibly saving U.S. consumers as much as 18.4 cents a gallon.

The Biden administration is increasingly looking for ways to spare the public from higher prices at the pump, which began to climb last year and surged after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

According to the American Automobile Association AAA, gas prices nationwide are averaging just under $5 a gallon.

Biden said members of his team were to meet this week with CEOs of the major oil companies to discuss rising prices. Biden lashed out at oil companies, saying they are making excessive profits when people are feeling the crunch of skyrocketing costs at the pump and inflation.

But Biden said he would not be meeting the oil executives himself.