Should bicycle commuters be eligible for pre-tax benefits?

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Bill Summary

This bill revokes the original 2017 suspension of bicycle commuting benefits, and reinstates that commuters who choose the greener option of biking to work should be provided with pre-tax benefits. Low-speed electric bicycles and bicycle rides from the rental service, Bikeshare, will also qualify for employer-provided fringe benefits. With this bill, bicycle commuters can receive up to 30% of parking fringe benefits and can also increase their tax-free savings. Sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Democrat, Oregon, District 3) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

• "Four years after the Democratic-controlled Congress rejected the president’s cap-and-trade scheme, the White House wants to sidestep Congress and commit the United States to a United Nations agreement which would ‘name and shame’ countries into adopting higher emissions standards. This just proves that the president is prepared to pursue his job-killing climate agenda at any cost, which the American people and House of Representatives will not stand for." Source: Rep. Steve Scalise (Republican, Louisiana, District 1)

• "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. That’s what I do not – and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it." Source: Sen. Marco Rubio (Republican, Florida)

Proponents say

• "COVID-19 has only increased the popularity of bicycle commuting and bike-share systems as people seek safe transportation options… The federal government needs to catch up and finally provide the funding, flexibility, and incentives needed to strengthen bike culture and infrastructure." Source: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Democrat, Oregon, District 3)

• "That's nearly $1,000 a year back in your pocket for biking to work, thanks to the strong coalition of support and advocacy from PeopleForBikes and our partners in Washington, D.C." Source: Noa Banayan (PeopleForBikes Federal Affairs Manager)