Seems the White House a little too busy encouraging the ironic “Summer of Rage” promised by the Women’s March in response to the now infamously leaked draft of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s ruling.
Clearly far too busy to pay much attention to the fact that infants across the United States are presently facing undue stress courtesy of typical swamp ineptitude.
Though one does wonder how the White House can be in such agreement with the “Women’s” March when it apparently can’t even define what a woman is.
Semantics aside, Republicans, as usual, are picking up the massive slack from the Biden administration, specifically with regards to restocking the nation’s drastically reduced baby formula supply.
In sharp contrast to the ineffectual response from the Biden administration, Senator Mike Lee of Utah has presented a bill designed to alleviate the extreme stress faced by parents who simply want to feed their extremely vulnerable infants.
Specifically, the Fixing Our Regulatory Mayhem Upsetting Little Americans (FORMULA) Act is set to do everything the Biden administration won’t do, which is to create a solution rather than (constantly) blame varied bogeyman.
Lee publicized his bill on Twitter, indicating that his proposed legislation will help address yet another crisis that has emerged under the Biden administration, or Obama’s third term, which apparently are one and the same.
Lee, however, is far more concerned with Americans themselves, rather than destruction of American institutions.
“American babies are going hungry and the federal government is standing in the way,” Lee announced on Twitter, “my FORMULA Act will give these families relief during this unprecedented shortage. Congress needs to pass this bill immediately to protect American babies from going hungry.”
One can only hope that the Democrat-heavy Congress will be as enthusiastic about baby formula as they are about encouraging violent threats against the Supreme Court.
Lee linked his tweet to a statement regarding the specifics of the bill, which was refreshingly full of facts.
“In the United States, the market for infant formula is highly concentrated amongst three companies that control more than 90% of the produced formula,” the statement reads, “there is a need for more suppliers of formula in the United States. Reports have surfaced that the out-of-stock rate for baby formula has risen from 11% in November 2021 to 43% in the first week of May this year.”
So, baby formula shortages have been increasing alongside inflation. Great.
As usual, hardworking American families suffer the most, as Lee also sensitively notes.
“Tragically, families have been forced to search long distances for formula to feed their babies, and children with metabolic diseases, who consume specialized formulas, are also finding it extremely difficult to find the formula they need, putting the health and safety of millions of American children at risk,” the statement continues.
With gas prices the way they are these days, it is even more absurd that Americans are forced to go on a chronic wild goose chase to obtain basic goods.
Almost as if the White House wants a de facto Venezuela.
“The already concerning shortage of baby formula has been exacerbated by the recent closure of Abbott’s baby formula facility in Michigan. Numerous trade and regulatory barriers have led to the culmination of this crisis,” the statement continued, “temporarily waiving these trade and regulatory barriers, while providing flexibilities to families in the WIC program, will enable families to access the infant formula they direly need.”
After all, the government had zero qualms about “temporarily” shutting down the economy and forcing everyone into lockdown.
Seems similarly drastic action could be in order for supplying the nation’s infants.
The bill proposal then outlines three different specifics for achieving a stable baby formula supply, the types of specifics that the likes of Psaki routinely avoid.
The first specific is a 6-Month Waiver on Infant Formula Tariffs, which “would eliminate tariffs on infant formulas from certain countries.”
That would be a fast, simple fix, if Congress will permit it to be.
The second specific is a 6-Month Waiver of FDA Regulations, which “would waive existing FDA Labeling and Nutrition requirements for infant formula with respect to commercial imports from certain countries with similar approval standards as the United States.”
Hey, since pretty much every country blindly swallowed China’s N-95 mask requirement, indicating “similar approval standards,” this particular suggestion is right in line with the drastic action taken during COVID.
Moreover, this specific “would waive statutes requiring commercial infant formula to derive only from FDA-approved facilities,” clearing another massive, bureaucratic hurdle that stands in the way of infants’ nourishment.
The third specific is especially compelling, given that it shows Republicans’ clear concerns for all Americans: the 6-Month Access to Alternative Formulas Under WIC.
This specific “would allow WIC recipients to purchase alternative brand formulas that have been imported for 6-months.”
Sad that WIC recipients are restricted to certain brands, which is likely nonsense, and Lee proposes abolishing the nonsense in favor of nourishment.
Fortunately, the company Abbott is finally to reopen baby formula manufacturing plant in Michigan, after it was shut down by the government for an alleged bacterial infection.
A particularly compelling element of Lee’s bill includes the fact that it weakens the grip of the FDA, which is unnecessarily restrictive in light of a huge crisis.
Not that FDA Commissioner Robert Califf will admit it.
“The public should rest assured that the agency will do everything possible to continue ensuring that infant and other specialty formulas produced by the company meet the FDA’s safety and quality standards,” Califf sniffed.
“Everything possible,” huh? How about looking at a real dataset for a start, if the FDA’s intent is to convince the public it has everything under control?
After all, the Federal Reserve effectively claimed the same thing, though inflation and a spiraling stock market now suggest otherwise.
Indeed, even CNBC called out the curious discrepancy between the FDA’s claims and American families’ reality.
“Mothers are struggling to find formula for their infants with shelves empty in many stores across the U.S. More than 40% of baby formula was out of stock nationwide during the week ended May 8, according to Datasembly, a retail data tracker,” CNBC reported, “However, the FDA said Monday that nearly 80% of baby formula was in stock, citing data from Information Resources, another retail data company.”
Well, that’s only a 40 percent variation.
Seems Lee’s bill would be necessary even if a baby formula shortage did not exist, given that the FDA clearly doesn’t know how to do math.
Author: Jane Jones