PRESS RELEASE: ICYMI: WaPo: Nearly 200 Republicans vote against bill to ease baby formula shortage 

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May 20, 2022

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ICYMI: WaPo: Nearly 200 Republicans vote against bill to ease baby formula shortage 

In Case You Missed It – After decrying the shortfall of baby formula in the US, 192 Republican lawmakers voted against a bill that would support the Food & Drug Administration’s efforts to address the shortage.

Invest in America senior adviser Zac Petkanas issued this statement:

“It’s unconscionable that 192 Republican lawmakers voted against giving the FDA resources so we can get formula to families to feed their babies. Many of these members are falsely pointing fingers at President Biden for the shortage, yet vote against a bill that helps families in need? It’s cowardly.

“This kind of investment is exactly what Congress should be focused on – lowering costs and solving problems for working class families. We need more of this leadership from Congress, not less.”

Read the Washington Post’s coverage here

KEY QUOTES:

  • House GOP leaders were among the 192 Republicans who voted against providing $28 million in aid to the Food and Drug Administration to address the shortage of baby formula — within days of criticizing President Biden for not doing enough on the issue.

  • In recent days, Republicans have assailed Biden and the administration about the nationwide shortage that has forced parents to scramble to find formula to feed their infants. On Wednesday, Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to address the issue, tapping a Korean War-era law to ramp up domestic manufacturing rapidly.

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the 192 Republicans who opposed the bill are the latest example of the party’s unwillingness to address the issues that matter most to Americans. “We see a baby formula as something that’s at the kitchen table,” she said in her weekly news conference. “So, we think from the standpoint of the kitchen table, that there is no comparison” between Democrats and Republicans.

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