The House on Wednesday passed a $28 million emergency spending bill to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.
The bill, known as the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, passed 231 to 192 in a vote mostly along party lines. All House Democrats supported the legislation, along with 12 Republicans who bucked their party leadership to support it. Four Republicans and one Democrat did not vote.
The Bien administration made this crisis but now they are trying to spin it like this is the GOP’s fault now.
The real reason why the Republicans opposed this bill is that the Dems snuck in a raise for the idiots at the FDA — the numbskulls who created this entire mess in the first place.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, the Democratic chair of the House Appropriations Committee who authored the bill, said the money would pay for additional U.S. Food and Drug Administration staffing to boost inspection of formula at domestic and foreign suppliers, prevent fraudulent products getting onto store shelves and improve data collection on the infant formula marketplace.
Don’t let a crisis go to waste!
Here’s what Rep Massie said about the FDA and the baby formula disaster:
Rep Massie R-Ky., took aim at the Federal Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, blaming the federal agencies for the shortages and prices of meat and baby formula.
“The @US_FDA has had the same impact on baby formula manufacturing as the @USDA has had on meat processing in the United States,” Massie said on Twitter Tuesday. “The US-duh and the F-duh are working every day to keep prices high and supply low, while making sure no new businesses can enter the market.”
Massie’s remarks come as the FDA and Abbott Nutrition neared an agreement to reopen a baby formula plant in Michigan that was shut down after a massive recall of formula in February.
The Democrat plan to address the baby formula shortage that 192 Republicans voted against involved giving a $28 million “salary and expenses” increase to the FDA, the agency responsible for the crisis in the first place. They’re giving the FDA a raise for not doing its job.
Printscreen from the bill below:
Instead of actually trying to solve the baby formula shortage, Democrats proposed a useless bill to give the FDA more money that won’t do anything except shift the negative headlines onto Republicans for voting against it. It’s pathetic but appeals to the right audience.
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