Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22)
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) today released the following statement in response to the House’s passage of H.R. 7791, the Access to Baby Formula Act, which she supported. The legislation improves access to baby formula in a meaningful way by expanding the list of infant formulas eligible to participants in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, which includes almost half of all infants born in the United States. This legislation will help put infant formula into the hands of families and caregivers that need it. The bipartisan bill was approved by the House of Representatives by a vote of 414-09.
“The baby formula crisis has been mounting for months, but the Biden Administration has done far too little. Even though Secretary Xavier Becerra knew about this critical issue last year, the Food and Drug Administration only just began to take steps to address the shortage and reopen an important manufacturing facility. This incompetence is completely unacceptable, especially given that there were clear executive actions that should have been taken immediately to address the problem and avoid the shortage we are experiencing today.
“I was honored to support passage of the Access to Baby Formula Act tonight. This is a commonsense step Congress can take now to expand access to a wider list of formulas for participants in the WIC program. Now it is time for the Biden Administration to step up. President Biden must act immediately to lift key regulatory barriers that are limiting production and remove restrictions that are preventing well-regulated formulas from being imported. These steps will provide immediate relief and address critical supply issues until domestic producers can fully meet the demand,” said Congresswoman Tenney.
Tenney voted against H.R. 7790, another bill considered this evening. While the legislation may have been well-intentioned, it is a too-little-too-late feel-good measure designed to create the illusion of action while squandering taxpayer dollars and failing to provide any immediate relief. Ultimately, H.R. 7790 as drafted and considered will not put more formula on store shelves, nor will it hold the FDA accountable for their mishandling of this crisis. It represents the worst impulse of career politicians in Washington who think they can throw money at a problem, without actually providing meaningful solutions to address it.
Tenney’s office is available to assist individuals struggling to locate baby formula for their children. If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact either Tenney’s Binghamton District Office at 607-242-0200 or her Utica District Office at 315-732-0713.