House to vote on $28 million in emergency funding to address formula shortage
The bills, introduced by House Democrats, are expected to be approved by the Democratic-led chamber. Their fate is unclear, however, in the Senate, where at least 10 Republicans must join the 50-member Democratic caucus to pass most laws.
The formula shortage is putting the Biden administration and Congress under pressure as American families demand answers and a solution to the shortage.
One of the bills – HR 7790 – would provide $28 million in emergency funding to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help ease the current deficit and prevent future shortages.
“Parents and caregivers across the country can’t wait – they need our support now. This bill takes important steps to restore the supply in a safe and secure way. What’s more, with these funds, the FDA will be able to help prevent this problem from happening again,” she said.
The House will also address HR 7791 – the Baby Formula Access Act – introduced by Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut.
The bill aims to ensure that families in need can continue to purchase infant formula with WIC benefits during a public health emergency or supply chain issues such as a product recall. WIC refers to the federal assistance program known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it was making it easier to import certain infant formulas as part of its fight against nationwide shortages.
CNN’s Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.