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S. 3920 (117th): Gas Price Gouging Prevention Act

About the bill

Right now, federal law only prevents price gouging for a few items — should gas be one of them?


On March 8,President Joe Biden signed an executive order banning the import of Russian oil and gas, in response to the Russian military’s attempted invasion of Ukraine. Three days later, the average U.S. gas price reached a new record $4.33 per gallon, beating the previous record set back in 2008.

Almost all members of Congress across both parties supported Biden’s executive order, which Congress subsequently codified into law through the Ending Importation of Russian Oil Act that passed 100–0 in the Senate and 413–9 in the House.

But while the Russian oil import ban was the immediate cause of record-high prices that specific week, other …

Sponsor and status

Tammy Duckworth

Sponsor. Senator for Illinois. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2022
Length: 10 pages
Mar 24, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 24, 2022, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (3 Democrats)



Mar 24, 2022

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 3920 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3920. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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