US House Passes Legislation to Stop Price Gouging at the Gas Pump


The Cost of Regular Gas at a Washington Avenue, Portland,  Gas Station is $4.88 as of Friday, May 20, 2022.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D) and the US House of Representatives passed legislation to stop price gouging at gas pumps yesterday. The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act introduced by Representatives Kim Schner, M.D. (D-Wash.) and Katie Porter (D-CA) gives the President the power to issue an Energy Emergency Declaration that would make it unlawful to increase gasoline and home energy fuel prices in an excessive or exploitative manner.

“This week, gas prices in Maine reached record highs.  In fact, AAA reports that Maine’s average gas price, $4.61 is now higher than the national average.  And as hardworking Mainers feel the pinch at the pumps, gas and oil companies in the US have been setting their own records – record profits. The greed is infuriating and Big Oil will be held accountable,” said Pingree.  “I was proud to help get the legislation passed to curb corporate greed and give American consumers’ relief at the pump.”