Biden closes remarks on 'junk' fees: 'I appreciate the frustration of the American people'

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Biden closes remarks on ‘junk’ fees: ‘I appreciate the frustration of the American people’

President Biden talked about his administration’s efforts to cut costs for Americans amid soaring inflation Wednesday.

President Biden on Wednesday unveiled his administration's new initiative to combat "junk fees" that unfairly prey on unwitting consumers.

In a bid to give U.S. families more "breathing room," the White House is calling on "all agencies to reduce or eliminate hidden fees, charges and add-ons for everything from banking services to cable and internet bills to airline and concert tickets."

The push comes less than two weeks from an election in which voters give Biden poor marks on key issues like the economy and inflation.

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President Biden announces his administration’s plans to eliminate junk fees for consumers on the White House campus on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file / AP Newsroom)

Biden offered examples of junk fees his administration is seeking to eliminate for consumers, including airline rebooking fees, hotel "resort" fees and unfair banking penalties.

"Each year, these junk fees, in addition [to what] companies charge, cost Americans tens of billions of dollars — weighing down family budgets and making it harder for people to pay their bills," Biden said at a Wednesday press conference. "So my administration has taken action to eliminate these fees."

"I appreciate the frustration of the American people," Biden remarked at the end of his speech.

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President Biden said “junk fees” are “weighing down family budgets and making it harder for people to pay their bills.” (iStock)

Biden took the opportunity to boast of a third consecutive week of declining gas prices, though costs remain historically high.

Biden announced last week his intention to sell more oil from the nation's emergency stockpiles and blamed energy companies for increased costs facing consumers. 

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The average price of gasoline nationwide fell to $3.85 per gallon on Oct. 20, about 60% higher than it was when President Biden took office in January 2021, according to AAA data. (Scott Olson/Getty Images / Getty Images)

The average price of gasoline nationwide fell to $3.85 per gallon on Oct. 20, about 14% higher than its level a year ago and 60% higher than it was when the president took office in January 2021, according to AAA data.

As of Wednesday, the national average for gas prices is $3.764.

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