On guns and gas, Biden punts top issues to Congress

President Joe Biden is throwing his support behind two separate proposals in a move that has become increasingly emblematic of his legislative strategy in 2022: bowing to Congress’
s lead in addressing top issues.

Biden and Democrats are under pressure to address gun violence and extremely elevated gas prices
. Gun violence has been a consistent wedge issue for Democrats dating back to the Sandy Hook shooting, and the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas
, and Buffalo, New York
, re-elevated the topic to the forefront of voters’ minds heading into the 2022 midterm elections. Gas prices, inflation, and the economy have nevertheless consistently polled as the most important issues for both parties heading into November.

Over the past week, the president has endorsed bills
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