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Democrats Push Pay Raises at FDA as Answer to Baby Formula Shortages

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

Baby Formula

Over the past week, Democrats have blasted House Republicans for allegedly voting against a bill that would have addressed the baby formula shortage facing the nation. But a closer look at the bill in question quickly reveals that it is little more than a slush fund for career bureaucrats who helped cause the formula shortage in the first place.

Last Wednesday, the House passed two bills intended to relieve the nationwide baby formula shortage. The first, H.R.7791, the “Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022,” focused on cutting through bureaucratic red tape hindering formula availability and passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The second was H.R.7790, the “Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act.” The bill, only four pages in length, doesn’t contain any specifics about how to actually address shortages, but instead makes $28 million available to the FDA to be spent on “salaries and expenses”; in other words, pay raises for unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington.

192 House Republicans voted against the bill, pointing out that it takes no direct action to increase the supply of baby formula, whether in the short term or the long term. Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas said that “the Democrats in full Democrat typical liberal fashion think that they can solve every complex issue with just throwing money at it.” The bill “would have zero impact on the current crisis,” he added.

Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI) also took to Twitter to air his frustration with the bill. He stated that he voted against the bill because “it has no impact on the current crisis and rewards bad agency behavior. This one-page bill is just a $28M increase for FDA salaries. That’s it.” He also asserted that the actual cause of the baby formula shortage is “bureaucratic dithering.”

Nonetheless, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats were quick to label the Republican Party as heartless and uncaring toward the needs of mothers. Multiple mainstream media outlets amplified this claim, echoing Democrat talking points. Vanity Fair ran the headline, “192 Republicans Decide They’d Like Formula-Seeking Parents to Keep Suffering.” The Daily Beast proclaimed that Republicans “hate Democrats more than they love babies.” While the accusations and hit pieces were heavily critical of the GOP, none explained what was actually in the bill and why Republicans refused to support it.

Instead of simply taking Democrats at their word that the bill would address the baby formula shortage, an honest journalist might ask a few questions of Democrats that no mainstream outlet has. Why, for instance, do Democrats believe that increasing the salaries of FDA employees will ease the formula shortage in the short term? Better yet, has the FDA commissioner or any other FDA official ever claimed a lack of agency funding specifically caused the baby formula shortage?

A reasonable and warranted line of inquiry might also ask what role the FDA has played in foreseeing and trying to stave off the current shortage – a particularly important question if Congress is considering giving the agency $28 million more to spend between now and September 30. Why should taxpayers fork over tens of millions of dollars if an agency has failed to prove that it is capable of doing anything to alleviate the problem?

On this last point, it is more likely that, far from being able to solve the problem, the FDA helped cause it in the first place. Recently, for example, the FDA ordered an investigation into formula maker Abbott Nutrition and then forced the closure of one of their leading factories indefinitely. While the FDA’s reasoning for closing the plant may be perfectly legitimate and necessary for the health and safety of babies (although that is not proven), neither the FDA nor any government agency developed any sort of plan to fill that gap in supply. It’s unclear how throwing more money at those same bureaucrats who failed to do their job the first time around will somehow make a difference now.

The bill will now head to the Senate, where some Republicans have already come out strongly against it. Since the bill will have to clear the 60-vote threshold to avoid the filibuster, the GOP stands a good chance of defeating it if the party remains united and doesn’t cave to pressure from dishonest attacks by Democrats and the mainstream media.

Republicans also have an opportunity to turn Democrats’ strategy back on them. Senator Mike Lee of Utah, for example, has introduced his own legislation aimed at combatting the crisis. But instead of sending more tax dollars to the FDA, Lee’s bill would waive regulations that don’t cover what’s in the actual formula (like import restrictions), a strategy that stands a real chance of alleviating the shortage almost immediately. Should Democrats oppose or vote against that measure, they would open themselves up to legitimate criticism.

Democrats have shown once again that when handed power, their primary focus is not helping the American people or solving real problems, but trying to trap Republicans with messaging votes and enriching themselves and their allies. But as crises continue to pile up, Americans are waking up to this fact, and may soon make clear their displeasure at the ballot box.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.      


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Willy
1 month ago

IMHO: When you have great and powerful friends and protectors to guide your country like:

  1. Big Agra performing Experimental Gene Editing and Genetic Modification on your food supply, continually reducing the nutritional value of it, down some 50% in the last half century, and
  2. Big Government continually attacking small farmers, Bill Gates buying up their land, supporting Big Agra with their new “Vertical” greenhouse vegetable farming, they can even put the “vaccines you didn’t want in their lettuce,” and
  3. Bill Gates with his Faux Beef, and likely other meats, to run the small meat ranchers and producers out of business, trying to vaccinate the entire world population and reduce the population to provide just enough human labor to support their 2-Class Elite Society, and
  4. Big Medicine promoting the CDC, FDA, WHO, WEF, EPA, HHS, and etc., Continual Misinformation and Propaganda from Klaus Schwab, Bill Gates, and Anthony Fauci and their so-called CoVid Pandemic, the new and upcoming (Genetically Engineered?) Monkeypox Pandemic, rationing health care without a vax card, and
  5. Big Pharma continually inventing new diseases that cause pain and irritation to humans and coming up with poisons to only to relieve their symptoms, but never coming up with a cure that would reduce their bottom line profits, lying to the people continually to push their “legal”drugs, and
  6. Big Democratic Unions continually influencing their members to pay dues that mostly go to government lobbying to promote the Anti-American Deep State, the Socialism Pipe-Dream, the top union Bosses, and
  7. A government that unnecessarily kills fossil fuels to raise the price of gasoline/diesel fuels which causes many shortages and inflation to bring the USA to its knees, and
  8. A government that thinks they can control the climate changes and mother nature, and
  9. A Senile puppet CEO controlled by Klaus Schwab and the Deep State, supported by a generally corrupt Congress, a biased Supreme Court, under the illegal and unconstitutional control of a United Kingdom owned bankrupt U.S. Corporation doing business as the United States of America with obvious CCP influence, and
  10. A highly biased Main Stream Media to spread their agitprop and misinformation and censor the TRUTH! And, don’t worry about the “illegal” aliens and drugs coming across the borders. Junkies need to be happy, and Fentanyl just helps reduce the population!

It’s no wonder that we are a sick nation, and unhappy country, the TV continually tells us we are; note all the Big Pharma ads on your screen, constantly telling you to “Ask Your Doctor!” We have an opening on Welfare for you if your tired of working, so you can “Own nothing, and be happy!”

WTF needs enemies?

Guy
1 month ago
Reply to  Willy

Rock on Wilie

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  Willy

Willy,
You’re right and that only touches the surface of the marxist democrat party and the Washington swamp!
Throw them out, We the People must take back control of OUR Country!
….and that won’t be easy because the swamps greed, and strong desire is for only power and money for themselves.
Real Citizens are expendable and despised by the immoral,narcissistic party politics first slime in power.

Christopher
1 month ago

Idiocracy!

Jerry
1 month ago

The DemonRats love to STEAL taxpayer money.

Dr. Zorro
1 month ago
Reply to  Jerry

Why not, they “stole” the Presidential election.!

Jeanette
1 month ago

Of course..they like to spend $$$$$$ we don’t have…

Ken
1 month ago

It is just a reward for perpetuating the lock down covid lies

William
1 month ago

Amazes me every time the Republicans block the dems they always cry racist they think rewarding someone for not doin their job is gonna solve the problem, or is this part of a inbesslement plan . All I know is right from the beginning of Biden taking office their spending habits of tax payers money has not been legit on anything they do, and should be held accountable for their actions .

Willy
1 month ago
Reply to  William

Embezzlement? Nah, Coup.

Oz
1 month ago

The FDA employees didn’t do their job and should be fired for causing the shortage, not rewarded with a raise.

G. Burns
1 month ago

Why do I and a few others think that one day we will have another revolution like the north vs. south except it will probably be republicans against democrats. But the northern liberal socialist will be defeated.

Ron
1 month ago

Career DC Democrats are about as low life scum as you can get Pelosi shiner schiff waters

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron

Lower than low. Immoral , self serving liars!
THROW THEM OUT!

Hal
19 days ago
Reply to  Ron

Term limits on Congressional Members? Anyone? Without it, the Nation will be perpetually in control of who has the most money/resources (including foreigners), and the voting privilege of Americans to decide who can best support Congressional governance will be long-gone forever.

MJ
1 month ago

Okay…. How is raising the pay at a government agency gonna solve the baby formula shortage? This is the ignorance people elect to office!

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  MJ

It’s just another distraction that the marxist democrat party is trying to exploit!
Remember…the democrats have NO morals,ethics,care NOTH about Real Citizens, only money and power for themselves.
look at the useless,self serving govenor,secretary of state and attorney General of Michigan, lemmings that follow the marxist democrat party destruction of America while STEALING for themselves!
THROW THEM OUT

Richard Minetti
1 month ago

This baby formula shortage was brought about by irresponsible Democrat inactivity and is being blamed on Republicans! Democrats never take responsibility for any thing stupid they do, and they do a lot of stupid things!!

No Name
1 month ago

But they always get away with it so …. why not?

Don
1 month ago

There’s not a shortage but a corrupt control. The fool #bumblingbiden

BAE
1 month ago

Of course, give themselves more money $$$ for making more mistakes!

REJ
1 month ago
Reply to  BAE

Just another way of driving up our overweight economy and over the cliff., and that’s exactly what THEY WANT!!!! Wake up AMERICA!!! You are under attack!!!!

Zoe Frost
1 month ago

“Commie Demoncraps push FDA pay raises as answer to formula shortages”
It was the freakin corrupt FDA that CAUSED formula shortages!! Convince me it wasn’t deliberate.

The expletives at the corrupt FDA SHUT DOWN Abbott when several babies were sick and/or died…but when it was determined to be from the water to reconstitute formula and NOT the formula, they wouldn’t let Abbott start production back up! It took public outcry, after months where Abbott wasn’t able to produce formula, that the FDA FINALLY said Abbott could begin production…but it will be at least another week before baby formula appears on shelves, and there are areas where shelves are bare! (All those moms have to do is get down to our southern border, amid the shortage here, the fraud puppet and his fraud administration shipped them truckloads of baby formula for ILLEGAL babies). No worries moms, the fraud puppet’s on it, after his administration CAUSED the shortage, last week implemented ‘Operation Fly Formula’ spending taxyaper dollars IMPORTING formula from Germany; it arrived yesterday…distribution will be interesting. Bright side? At least it was Socialist Germany not his BFF Commie China or Iran!

Garye
1 month ago

Typical marxist democrat party, lie about baby formula while trying to rip off taxpayers to pay already overpaid bureaucrat pals.
The arrogance,dishonesty and gaul of democrats deserves to be answered by Real Citizens by removing them from office!!
Who the hell do these losers think they are???
They work FOR the People, at the will OF the People and only can do what We the People say!
Throw them out!
Michigan has a useless governor, secretary of state and attorney general who all think they’re above the law and will of Citizens.
THEY MUST GO

JayJay
1 month ago

“Liberal Logic” a true oxymoron.

FedUp
1 month ago

Isn’t it odd. The Democrat party, you know, that group that loves to kill babies, is now scrambling to try and find ways to feed them.

Alligator
1 month ago
Reply to  FedUp

Only to look good after they tried to kill them

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  FedUp

Just for show prior to mid term elections to THROW THEM OUT!
EVERY diversion,distraction and LIE the marxist democrats will use in an attempt to maintain power!
Immoral,corrupt low life politicians, THROW THEM OUT

papayec
1 month ago

Marxist Democratic Party paying off comrades for helping destroy the economy, lives, and livelihoods.

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  papayec

Yes,yes ….yes

tika
1 month ago

their stupidity is jaw dropping. unless their actions are intentional in which case they are the cruelest people in history of mankind.

papayec
1 month ago
Reply to  tika

Not stupidity; TREASON and EVIL.

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  papayec

Amen

JayJay
1 month ago
Reply to  tika

Well, they advocate murdering babies in the womb and now up to 18 days or 1 month old. Crujel and evil.

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  JayJay

KILLING babies, what could be more evil??
Then they excuse their disgusting behavior and tell lies about it!
How sick are these people???
– THROW THEM OUT!

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  tika

Intentional and designed to divert attention from EPIC FAILURE and destruction of America!

Becky
1 month ago

DemonRat Communists are simply evil people. They denigrate and lie constantly and continually, all in the name of MORE POWER.
Anyone who does not vote these corrupt thugs out of office deserves exactly what they will get.
It’s just too bad the rest of us will suffer, too….

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