As we noted in another post, Rep. Eric Swalwell is doing his Twitter trolling thing again by asking you to imagine being “pro-life” and against providing baby formula. Business Insider is going a step further and naming and shaming the nine Republicans who “voted against a bill that would help poor families buy baby formula.”
Here are the 9 Republicans who voted against a bill to help poor families buy baby formula amid the ongoing shortage https://t.co/DnRssV53Qo
— Insider News (@InsiderNews) May 19, 2022
Cheryl Teh reports:
Nine Republicans voted against a bill in Congress that would help lower-income women secure baby formula for their children.
Many Republicans crossed party lines to vote for HR 7791, the Access to Baby Formula Act, which passed the House on Wednesday with 414 “yes” votes. However, the bill — which comes amid a crisis where parents are struggling to procure baby formula for their children — was voted down by nine Republican lawmakers.
The “no” votes were cast by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, Lauren Boebert, Thomas Massie, Clay Higgins, Matt Gaetz, Chip Roy, Paul Gosar, Louie Gohmert, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. The bill now goes to a vote in the Senate.
According to The Hill, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise urged Republican members to vote no on HR 7790, arguing that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was pushing the bill forward “in hopes of covering up the administration’s ineptitude by throwing additional money at the FDA with no plan to actually fix the problem, all while failing to hold the FDA accountable.”
Maybe Scalise was onto something.
Tell me you didn't read the bill without telling me you didn't read the bill.
— iTouchAppReviewers 🍃☀️ (@iTouchAppReview) May 19, 2022
You mean the 9 Republicans who refused to give the FDA more power, the very same agency that caused this?
Nice framing Insider "News".
— J.P. Rameau 🇺🇦🇺🇸🇹🇼🇭🇰🇪🇺 (@JPR1776) May 19, 2022
The problem IS the government. Make it possible (by getting out the way) for more than 4 giant companies to make formula. You can't legislate food in to existence but you sure can legislate it out of existence.
— Caveat Emptor (@CaveatEmptor__) May 19, 2022
The bill says the money goes to “Salaries and Expenses” for the FDA. How does that produce more baby formula? The Abbot factory was cleared for weeks and the FDA would not return their calls for permission to reopen until they went public with that info.
— Jack (@Horror__Fan) May 19, 2022
Um. It’s not an affordability problem. It’s a supply problem.
How dumb are these journalists. https://t.co/xf3okEfV2Q
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) May 19, 2022
Nice emotional appeal I’d rather have facts and logic. What was the reasoning behind them voting against it?
— Eddie- (Lets Go Brandon!) (@emonkey79) May 19, 2022
NBC News was also on the case:
How would giving $28 million to the FDA "help boost supply" of formula?
Do they claim the formula shortage was caused by insufficient FDA funds?
Ask these questions when you see people misrepresent these bills.https://t.co/qIYhIKbnSL
— Sarah Beth Burwick (@sarahbeth345) May 19, 2022
It is so excruciating for people who have trying to advocate for effective solutions to see Congress take the opportunity to just pump more funds into the bureaucracies that were part of the problem in the first place https://t.co/nQvbQMhCX0
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) May 19, 2022
The first bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan report. The second bill saw substantial GOP resistance.
Maybe you think both bills are important, but we should all want to be told the truth and the "GOP voted against formula bill" is not the truth.
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) May 19, 2022
This is one of the systemic biases against Republicans. If Republicans don't vote in favor of every bill that's *supposed* to address a problem, then the media say and many believe that Republicans don't want to solve it.
— Chris Oldman (@ChrisOldman4) May 19, 2022
In the 21st-century we figured out that any problem can be solved by pumping money into it or blowing it up with drones.
— Matrowl (@Ironicglasses) May 19, 2022
Of the $28 million, $23 million goes to FDA salaries? How does that help poor mothers buy baby formula that doesn’t exist?
Biden has a plan to get baby formula back on the shelves but the name of it will leave you scratching your headhttps://t.co/o9E3fMPROO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 19, 2022