Congressman John Rose (R-TN-06) and several other GOP members of the House of Representatives held a press conference to highlight the concerns of Americans over a shortage of baby formula.
During the press conference, Rose questioned the administration on their efforts to fix the crisis, as little noticeable improvement has been made.
In fact, he highlighted the story of one mother from his district that was forced to drive to six different stores in search of a hypoallergenic variety of formula.
“The president yesterday was in the Midwest raising money for the DNC. But, I say to the president: The shelves are empty, Mr. President, and so are your words. If I have to go to the FDA myself to get answers I will, because the bottom line is parents want answers to what this president is doing. And we deserve those answers,” Rose said during the event.
Previously, the Tennessee lawmaker and other Republicans sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration to outline a series of questions about their efforts.
“Just yesterday, the FDA announced a number of steps it will take in an attempt to “improve supply of infant and specialty formula products.” However, this announcement comes far too late, as parents struggle to find formula for their babies. House Republicans call on the administration to do more to help parents across this country. This issue is a matter of life and death, and it is time this administration treats it with the appropriate urgency it deserves,” the group wrote to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf.
According to recent numbers, Tennessee ranks as the top state experiencing the highest amount of shortages. Fifty-four percent of the top-selling products are sold out, CBS News detailed in a report.
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