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House Republicans are calling for swift action from the Biden administration to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.
Joined by more than a dozen of her colleagues outside the Capitol on Thursday, Elise Stefanik, who serves as House GOP conference chairwoman and has a nine-month-old son, took aim at President Biden and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over their unwillingness to ensure that mothers across the country have the formula their young children need.
"I've led on this issue since February and we, as House Republicans, continue to demand answers from the FDA," Stefanik said. "Unsurprisingly, when I reached out in February from my office to the FDA we received no substantive response. Joe Biden simply has no plan. In fact, when Joe Biden's White House was asked about the shortage, they laughed. Shameful. Make no mistake, there is nothing laughable or funny about this crisis."
"Today, House Republicans are here to push for action from the FDA and the Biden administration who should have had a plan for this shortage months ago," she added. "Instead, bare shelves Biden has continued to pass the buck. … This is not a Third World country. This should never happen in the United States of America. We're unified in demanding action to address this crisis."
Echoing Stefanik's remarks, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., said, "This is sadly Joe Biden's America."
"Working families are already struggling to put food on the table due to the skyrocketing costs of every day items, and now they are facing a crisis that is threatening the very lives of their newborn children," Wagner said. "This baby formula shortage is hitting mothers all over the country, but especially in my home state of Missouri."
Wagner said her constituents are feeling the heat from the lack of formula in Missouri and noted that the state is "one of six states in America that has its baby formula out of stock."
"Businesses and retailers are rationing supplies … limiting the amount of formula a customer can buy," she said. "As the proud grandmother of two and another sweet baby on the way, it is terrifying to think of the desperation parents in my district are feeling when they cannot provide the basic necessities they need for their children."
Also in attendance for the press conference was Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who said she is hearing from mothers, support groups, and nurses in Washington state that "this is the biggest crisis they have faced."
"Families are turning to the internet because they are so desperate," she said. "It is extremely dangerous when you think about moms going to the grocery store and having an empty shelf. In some cases they're driving for hours in order to get the baby formula that they need, and they certainly don't need to be facing empty shelves."
"We shouldn't be rationing formulas to keep their babies fed," she added. "Some families rely on specific formula. I talked with one mom who has a baby with allergies and it's extremely difficult. She feels like she's playing Russian roulette as she goes to the store. President Biden and the FDA must do more. This is a matter of l... (Read more)