However, the House of Representatives, which is controlled by Republicans, gave its approval to one law on infant formula while voting against another bill because it did not include a plan of action to alleviate baby formula shortages.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation to solve the lack of baby formula, despite criticism from the leader of the Republican Party over one of the bills for “covering up” the real issue. Both votes were ultimately successful, even though one vote was far more partisan than the other.
H.R. 7791, a bill that would allow low-income women to use the federal Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to purchase more infant formula, was approved by the House of Representatives with 414 votes in favor and 9 votes against.
A more partisan vote in Congress resulted in the passage of the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022 by a score of 231 to 192. The measure includes a $28 million emergency fund for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cope with a shortage of baby formula and prevent subsequent shortages. One of the provisions in the bill is titled “Prevent fraudulent products from entering the U.S. market.”
Only 12 Republicans voted in favor of H.R. 7790, which ultimately failed to pass.
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House in California, lauded it as a move to “give vital flexibility for the WIC program to help poor families purchase infant formula in times of necessity.” She continued, about H.R. 7791, which would provide WIC with additional flexibility in its response to disruptions in the supply chain, “Some constraints that are not linked to safety, and making sure that America’s babies get the nourishment they need right now and in the future.”
According to her, the appropriations act has provided the “urgently needed resources” that have been requested.
According to a report from Wednesday that was published by The Hill, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, has communicated with his colleagues and encouraged them to vote “no” on the funding deal.
According to him, Pelosi came up with the idea in order “to cover up the administration’s ineptitude by pouring additional money at the FDA with no plan to genuinely solve the problem, all while ignoring to hold the FDA accountable.”