House Passes $28M Spending Bill to Deal With Baby Formula Shortage
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a $28 million emergency spending bill, with a vote of 231 to 192, to address the baby formula shortage. The bill gives the Food and Drug Administration funds to increase its staff to aid in the inspection of baby formula before delivery to grocery stores. The Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act contains language that seeks to prevent future shortfalls in supplies and prevent “fraudulent products from entering the United States market."
The Biden Administration is addressing the problem by invoking the Defense Production Act to push manufacturers and businesses to prioritize the production and delivery of goods that President Biden deems key to national security. Outlets across the spectrum pointed out that the baby formula shortage has occurred as a major baby formula production plant was closed down and amid broad supply chain disruptions.
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From the CenterHouse passes $28M emergency spending bill to address baby formula shortage
The House voted 231-192 on Wednesday to pass an emergency spending bill aimed at addressing the baby formula shortage.
The big picture: The U.S. has faced a nationwide baby formula shortage due to pandemic-induced supply chain issues and recent product recall. Earlier Wednesday, President Biden announced he had invoked the Defense Production Act to help address formula supply.
Details: The bill gives the Food and Drug Administration $28 million to increase its staff to help inspect baby formula before it arrives on grocery store shelves.
It will also look "to prevent future shortages, including such steps as may be...
From the LeftWhy Biden is using the Defense Production Act for the baby formula shortage
The Biden administration on Wednesday invoked a wartime tool, the Defense Production Act, in an effort to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula. Its use of the law, which Congress passed in the early days of the Korean War, reflects the magnitude of the supply crunch that has left many parents scrambling for formula.
Supply chain disruptions tied to the coronavirus pandemic have fueled shortages of a wide range of consumer goods, but a recall on formula produced at an Abbott plant in Michigan exacerbated the shortfall. A majority of American parents and...
From the RightHouse passes spending measure aimed at addressing baby formula shortage
The House passed legislation aimed at providing $28 million in emergency funding to the Food and Drug Administration to address the nation’s baby formula shortage in a 231-192 vote Wednesday.
The Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, introduced by House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), includes language that looks to prevent “fraudulent products from entering the United States market” and prevent future shortfalls in supplies.
The shortage comes in the wake of one of the nation’s largest producers of infant formula, Abbott Nutrition, voluntarily recalling three types of its product after multiple babies contracted...