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As Gas Prices Fall to 12-Year Low, Schumer Claims Gas Prices 'Never Go Down'
'People hate it when their cable bills, airline fees go up'

 

Even as gas prices have fallen to the lowest point in years under President Trump, Senate Minority Leader is claiming the price of petrol has only gone up.

The nationwide price for gas closed the week of July 17th at $2:39/gallon, down from $2.47/gallon when Trump took office.

Over the July 4th holiday weekend, gas prices were at their lowest point since 2005, according to the AAA.

"At $2.23, today’s average national gas price is the cheapest the country has seen all year," AAA reported. "On the week, gas prices fell in 46 states. Only Illinois, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. saw prices increase, albeit by one cent each, while Hawaii and Maine remained flat. South Carolina continues to carry the cheapest gas in the country at $1.90. Today, consumers can find gas for $2.00 or less at one out of every four gas stations in the country."

Chuck Schumer, appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, claimed Sunday the prices are only rising, thanks to "huge companies buying up other big companies."

"Gas prices are sticky -- you know, when the domestic price goes, uh, when the, uh, price for oil goes up on the markets, it goes right up but it never goes down.," Schumer said. "How the heck did we let Exxon and Mobil merge?"

Schumer also appeared confused over the "sticky prices" economic theory, as gasoline is cited by the Federal Reserve as an example of prices that aren't "sticky."  

"The old Adam Smith idea of competition is gone? It's gone," Schumer said. "People hate it when their cable bills, airline fees go up."

Schumer was addressing a question about what Democrats can offer President Trump in ways of bipartisan legislation. He said Democrats plan to roll out a series of legislative ideas, including rules that make it more difficult for companies to merge, and "a special, special office" to target prescription drug companies.

"We have proposed already a $15 minimum wage," Schumer said, before conceding, "Trump won’t go for that."

"We have proposed a family leave proposal that works well," he added. 

Here's an excerpt from Schumer's interview: 

STEPHANOPOULOS: “What are you going propose that Donald Trump can sign on to, without his support, this isn't going anywhere?”

SCHUMER: “Well we are going to propose tomorrow -- we have already proposed a few things. A trillion dollar infrastructure plan. Trump, I don't know where he is on infrastructure, but we're willing to work with him on that. We have proposed already a $15 minimum wage. Trump won’t go for that. We have proposed a child-care, family leave proposal that works well.

"Here’s what we’ll propose tomorrow. Number one, We’re going the go after the drug companies. We’ll create a special, special office that will just go after these drug companies when they raise prices so egregiously and people can’t afford these drugs. We’re going to change the way companies can merge. We have these huge companies buying up other big companies. It hurts workers and it hurts prices. The old Adam Smith idea of competition? It's gone. People hate it when their cable bills go up, their airline fees.

"They know that gas prices are sticky -- you know, when the domestic price goes, uh, when the, uh, price for oil goes up on the markets, it goes right up but it never goes down. How the heck did we let Exxon and Mobil merge? And that was Democrats. We’ll go after that. That will help the average person lower their costs.

"And finally, we're going to have tomorrow a very novel idea of how the create 10 million jobs. There are 10 million Americans looking for good-paying jobs. We’re going to show them how to find them. And that’s the beginning. Week after week. Month after month, we’re going to roll out specific pieces here, that are quite different than the Democratic Party you heard of the past. We were too cautious. We were too mamby-pamby. This is sharp, bold, and will appeal to the old Obama coalition. Let's say the young lady who's just getting out of college, and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue collar workers. Economics are our strength, George, and we are going to go at it.”