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

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2022
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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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PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

There seriously is nothing new here. The standard Democrat solution to virtually any problem is to throw massive amounts of money at the government bureaucracy that either caused the problem or sat idly by as the problem metastasized into a far larger problem. From a Democrat perspective, the answer to every problem is to grow the size and scope of government and enrich themselves further in the process.

One would have hoped that American people would have caught onto this simple truth a long time ago and relegated the Democrat Party, and the RINO contingent of the Republican Party that supports and enables them, to the dust bin of history. Sadly, a substantial number of Americans are NOT as smart and enlightened as they should be. These Americans continue to be oblivious to such realities and continue to elect and empower these corrupt politicians over and over again. If the American people want real change, as they claim, then they need to make better, more intelligent choices in who they send to Washington. Otherwise, things will only continue to get worse as the size and scope of government encompasses more and more aspects of our economy and daily lives to the point where we only exist to serve the government.

WilliamB
WilliamB
2 years ago

Remember an old expression from the cold war era, “Kill a commie for Christ!” Just substitute “socialist Democrat” for commie. PLEASE vote these criminals out in November!

Boz
Boz
2 years ago

Cut ALL govt. saIaries by 35% NOW!

Gerrit Wright
Gerrit Wright
2 years ago

What else should we expect from this upside down, muddled-thinking administration! Reward the guilty and punish the innocent! November can’t get here fast enough

Jeb
Jeb
2 years ago

Democrat…throw lots of money at everything with zero results.

Granny26
Granny26
2 years ago

The Demonrats caused the baby food shortage, just like when Beijing Biden said there was going to be a ‘food shortage’ and immediately there were 20 food processing plants on fire. They all need to go. Anymore if a person has a ‘D’ by their name, I do not vote for them.

Smili'in Jack
Smili'in Jack
2 years ago

That’s how the government fixes the problems they create. Give everyone who is incompetent and useless a pay raise, with our money of course. Then stand back and bragg about what they didn’t do.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

NO pay raises until fixed, maybe some layoffs can Help

Bob L.
Bob L.
2 years ago

Pay raises???? No, I think it would be better to fire a lot of dead wood in the agency.

Barb304
Barb304
2 years ago

Our federal government, for the most part, doesn’t give a care about you and me. ALL they CARE about is themselves. What we need to do come November is ‘drain the swamp’. This election coming in November is probably the most important election we’ve ever had! We must stop reelecting the same people over and over. That simply will not work. You need to vote for persons not parties and we must be very careful for whom we vote! GOD BLESS the USA

Joe from Las Vegas Nevada
Joe from Las Vegas Nevada
2 years ago

Has anyone else noticed the shortage of allergy medications available at the pharmacy counter? I usually buy Claritin D or the generic but you have to go to the pharmacy counter. 12 hour or 24 hour. 30 or 15 tablets. They have been out for a few weeks, or limited. Had to buy 24 hour but only had 10 tablets. At least it was the generic for half the price.

R Hawkins
R Hawkins
2 years ago

If raising taxes will fix inflation, giving raises will fix the formula shortage

stephen stewart
stephen stewart
2 years ago

Nice article if the ballot boxes are not rigged.

Ed J
Ed J
2 years ago

The Democrats’ incessant blathering can best be characterized as “oral defecation.”

Patty
Patty
2 years ago

The Dems & Reps answer to literally EVERYTHING is to spend, Spend, SPEND and then SPEND SOME MORE!
It’s long past the time when THEY need to SPEND THEIR OWN MONEY for what THEY want. Most Americans DO NOT AGREE WITH THEIR “SECRETING CONCEALED” & OTHER “IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING” OF OUR TAX DOLLARS.

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 years ago

COVID bill with less than 10% for COVID, infrastructure bill with less than 20% for infrastructure. Now, baby formula bill which rewards the incompetent bureaucrats who gave us the shortage! And does NOTHING to increase the supply of formula!
Hope something will be left to save by November!

Barb
Barb
2 years ago

NO pay raises for FDA, as they have been sitting on their asses for months, thanks to the Biden Administration! Why should they be rewarded for doing nothing?, and why should they be rewarded for just doing their job which they need to be doing anyway? Also, no pay raises for the Democrats or Republicans, why reward them for doing nothing? Let’s get America moving again, get it back to some form of normalcy.

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
2 years ago

The FDA is saturated with incompetent bureaucrats who think more of making as much money as possible than looking-out for the interests of the everyday American. There is no justification in an honorable world to want a raise in salary to reward those poorly functioning public workers who failed to do right by the mothers and fathers who need to nourish our nation’s babies. The entire fiasco is shameful and another indication of how out of touch the Biden administration is with the interests and needs of the American nuclear family.

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

If all that are here and keep coming ilegally are given priorities then I am prepared to believe there is not en ough to go around might bacome a new normal the worst is yet to come.Schools are not functioning properly as is and with the new element entering I can’t imagine

Art
Art
2 years ago

$28,000,000 in increases for another chapter of destructive incompetence????? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. I HAVE TO BREATHE! JUST WHEN YOU THINK THAT THIS ADMINISTRATION COULD GO FURTHER, THEY RAISE THE BAR. THERE IS NO END TO THE INSANITY THAT THE SHEEP WILL TOLERATE. JUST IMAGINE HOW FAR THESE PSYCHOPATHS WANT TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE. HOW MUCH LONGER CAN THIS BE TOLERATED???????

JEFFREY JONES
JEFFREY JONES
2 years ago

SAVE THE U.S.A….arrest all demonrats for treason…send them to GITMO for punishment!

Lynn
Lynn
2 years ago

Failing up. All branches of govt do it. Ain’t incompetence and traitorous behavior great? What a country!

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

Marxist democrats think money will buy all votes, no matter what it cost the people. No one has accounted for the billions paid for covid but California won the blue ribbon as they have 98 BILLION dollar SURPLUS. A lot of this money came from Washington and Newsom will use this surplus to buy votes so he can run for 2024 President. NO MORE MONEY, NO MORE FREE STUFF, NO STUDENT LOANS PAYOFF. We can not afford more money we do not have

D.P.
D.P.
2 years ago

Quoting Ms. Pelosi…..”heartless and uncaring toward the needs of mothers…..” as condemnation against repubs over this cash out bill…….and her hypocrisy flares bright…..what is more heartless and uncaring than killing an unborn child? As any political beast acts, she wants what she wants and cares not for anyone outside of her little circle of demented liberals. More politics, more rhetoric, more dancing around the capital arena. When will conservatives in the house and senate put an end to all this mess? So far, so few, so little done. What are they waiting for?

Becky
Becky
2 years 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….

tika
tika
2 years ago

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

papayec
papayec
2 years ago

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

FedUp
FedUp
2 years 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.

JayJay
JayJay
2 years ago

“Liberal Logic” a true oxymoron.

Garye
Garye
2 years 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

Zoe Frost
Zoe Frost
2 years 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!

BAE
BAE
2 years ago

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

Don
Don
2 years ago

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

Richard Minetti
Richard Minetti
2 years 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!!

MJ
MJ
2 years 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!

Ron
Ron
2 years ago

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

G. Burns
G. Burns
2 years 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.

Oz
Oz
2 years ago

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

William
William
2 years 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 .

Ken
Ken
2 years ago

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

Jeanette
Jeanette
2 years ago

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

Jerry
Jerry
2 years ago

The DemonRats love to STEAL taxpayer money.

Christopher
Christopher
2 years ago

Idiocracy!

Willy
Willy
2 years 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?

Mark Laws
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