Washington — Nancy Pelosi on Friday, House next week, Insufficient milk powder As President Biden promised to bring more prescriptions to store shelves “within a few weeks,” it forced parents desperately looking for food for their children.
In a letter to lawmakers, Pelosi said he would promote a bill to empower the federal food aid program for women and children to ease restrictions on the types of prescriptions available for purchase. Approximately half of the infant formula sold nationwide is purchased through benefits offered by the Special Supplementary Nutrition Program (WIC) for women, babies and children. Loosening the rules will allow recipients to purchase the types available.
“The baby is crying and the baby is hungry,” Pelosi wrote. “So we must take urgent action to protect their health and well-being.”
She said her fellow House Democrats are also working on an emergency spending bill to “immediately address the shortage of infant formula.” The scale of the measures and the destination of the funding are not yet clear, but one of the proposals under consideration is the purchase of prescriptions from other oversupplied countries, the aide said.
“We must act with caution and speed,” Biden said at the White House on Friday when asked if the administration responded quickly enough to the shortfall that began in February. He called it the most urgent problem he faced.
Regarding the increase in imports, the president said, “We must make sure that what we are getting is really a first-class product.”
Mr Biden said the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to “get results within a few weeks and put quite a few prescriptions on the shelves.”
His quick schedule and Mr. Pelosi’s plans reflect the growing urgency to deal with the national crisis and the political shortages as the Republicans are trying to weaponize the problem before the midterm elections. increase.
Thursday’s white house Announced a series of modest moves Helps increase the supply of formulas, including plans to increase imports and speed up production.
Republicans have beaten Mr Biden for the past few days due to a shortage. It points out that this is the latest example of the Democratic Party’s slow response to the most basic needs of American families and is a central part of the campaign message.
Republicans Points of talking about xenophobiaAmplified by Fox News and other conservative outlets, Mr. Biden prioritized undocumented immigrants over Americans by providing a palette of powdered milk to detention centers on the southwestern border.
“American mothers and their babies shouldn’t suffer because of #BidenBorderCrisis,” said New York Republican Rep. Elise Stephanik. Post to Twitter on friday.
White House officials said border officials have been required by law to provide foods containing infant formula to detainees in custody since 1997.
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Democrats made #EliseStarvefanik a trending topic on Twitter on Friday, questioning this practice and raising criticisms of Stephanik and other Republicans who pointed out that the government’s hunger for children’s care was an alternative. rice field.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said Biden is considering enacting the Defense Production Act to increase production.
Democrat Carolyn B. Maloney of the New York State Democratic Party and Raja Krishnamooti of the Democratic Party of Illinois chair the House Committee on Surveillance and the Subcommittee on Consumer Policy on Friday, the top four formula makers. I sent a letter to ask for information about what they were. I’m doing it to deal with the shortage.
They also said they were seeking documentation from Abbott Nutrition related to the condition of a closed formula manufacturing plant in Sturgis, Michigan. Leaded to a recall Some of its products after four babies got sick; two of them died.
Abbott said on Friday that he would extend the rebate of alternative products until the end of August in response to a request from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Billsack.
Emily Cochrane When Zoran Kanno-Youth Report that contributed.