Crist Votes to Address Baby Formula Shortage

U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) issued the following statement after voting to pass two bills to alleviate the current baby formula shortage and prevent a similar shortage from happening in the future. The bills include H.R.7790, the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, and H.R.7791, the Access to Baby Formula Act. H.R.7790, which passed the House by a vote of 231-192, and H.R.7791, which passed the House by a vote of 414-9, now go to the Senate for consideration.  

"The stories of parents struggling to find formula for their babies are heartbreaking,” said Rep. Crist. “Parents have enough going on in their daily lives - they shouldn’t have to drive from store to store just looking for food for their infant. Tonight, the People’s House acted to assist with the problem by increasing the supply of baby formula and easing regulations so low-income mothers have additional options for formula. I’m now calling on the Senate to quickly take up these bills to safeguard the health and well-being of our children." 

Specifically, H.R.7791 gives families who receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) more options when purchasing baby formula during shortages or public health emergencies. Under the current WIC program, there are restrictions on which infant formula products a WIC participant can purchase using their benefits. By expanding the options available through WIC, vulnerable families will be able to more easily and safely find and purchase baby formula.

Meanwhile, H.R.7790 provides $28 million in emergency funding to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the current infant formula shortage, restore supply chains, and prevent another shortage from occurring in the future. Funding will also be used by the FDA to prevent fraudulent products from entering the U.S. market.

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