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The Hill: Baby formula shortage hits home for lawmakers

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Washington, DC, May 12, 2022 | comments

A national baby formula shortage is leaving a number of parents — including some lawmakers on Capitol Hill — scrambling to find a way to feed their babies.

“The cost of it has certainly gone up and the availability has kind of forced us online,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a father of three young children, including one born this past November, told NotedDC.

“Globally, there are supply-chain challenges and FDA approval issues have also affected it,” he said, adding members who are parents of young children can help educate colleagues who aren’t personally affected by the shortage.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), another parent to a newborn, called it a “life-or-death” situation since some children with medical conditions need specialty formula.

“I can think of a no more harrowing crisis for parents as they are desperately trying to find access to baby formula,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), who is a mom of a 9-month-old son, said Wednesday on Fox News.

Stefanik said she is lucky her son doesn’t need a special type of formula, adding, “The shelves have been fairly empty in upstate New York and I’m hearing from parents all across America. We are demanding action.”

What to watch: House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) has planned an oversight hearing on the topic for later this month. 

The full article by 'NotedDC' can be found on The Hill website here.
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