Republicans Are Outraged At Formula Shortage — Until They’re Asked To Help Fix It

What is President Joe Biden doing to solve the baby formula shortage crisis? What are Democrats and Republicans doing? Biden and the Democrats are working to solve the problem – while (most) Republicans are making it difficult and in the way.

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Biden invoked the Defense Protection Act, because Washington Post reports, allowing him to prioritize formula companies for access to the ingredients they need, allowing them to increase production. He is also temporarily increasing imports of infant formula from other countries.

In Congress, however, Democrats face resistance. A bill that would help the FDA address shortages and protect babies and their families from fraudulent or unsafe formula during a health emergency has passed the House of Representatives and will be approved. moved to the Senate – but if Senate Republicans object like those in the House, the bill may never pass.

CNN Reporter Manu Raju shared on social media Wednesday night that only 12 House Republicans voted in favor of the bill, joining all House Democrats, while 192 Republican Party members protested.

Based on ReutersFDA currently has only nine employees working on formula approval, which is not enough to address foreign as well as domestic products and facilities.

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Meanwhile, another bill to help families feed hungry babies also passed the House but met with (slightly smaller) Republican opposition. MarketWatch reports that this specifically addresses lower income families, by ensuring that those who qualify for WIC (Women Infants & Children) benefits can still buy formula.

WIC benefits are narrow and limited, allowing families to purchase only products with specific approved sizes and brands. The bill would allow for a temporary waiver that would allow recipients to purchase a different brand of formula during times of crisis.

Nine Republicans – Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar, Thomas Massie, Andy Biggs, Clay Higgins and Chip Roy – oppose the measure.

These and other measures cannot pass the Senate without bipartisan approval.


Steph Bazzle

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