By M.D. Kittle
It’s one failure after another with the Biden administration.
Now, the U.S. is facing a crippling shortage of baby formula and, despite its defensive stance, again it appears the Biden administration failed to recognize the crisis coming. Nationally, about 40 percent of the nation’s baby formula is out of stock, creating quantity limits and growing desperation.
“It’s a very stressful time and scary time for caregivers right now who are trying to find formula for their infants and their children,” Jennifer Miller, a nutritionist for La Crosse County WIC, told Channel 3000.
Her son was born prematurely. He requires a special formula to maintain his weight, she told the publication.
“It’s taken a toll on my kid, it really has, because it’s been messing with his weight,” Williams said.
CVS, Walgreens, Target and other large chains have been forced to ration as they face empty shelves.
The White House’s answer? Advise parents to call their pediatricians.
“Wisconsin parents shouldn’t have to worry about whether or not they will be able to get the formula their children depend on,” U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Allouez) said. “The President needs to get his act together, cut red tape, and work directly with U.S. hospitals and manufacturers to increase American’s access to baby formula.”
As parents struggle to find baby formula at their stores, boxes of the coveted product reportedly are going to illegal immigrants.
U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) shared pictures of “pallets” of infant formula at the Ursula Migrant Processing Center in McAllen, Texas on her Twitter and Facebook pages last week, according to the New York Post.
“The first photo is from this morning at the Ursula Processing Center at the U.S. border. Shelves and pallets packed with baby formula,” she wrote in a tweet accompanying side-by-side photographs of full and bare shelves. “The second is from a shelf right here at home. Formula is scarce. This is what America last looks like.”
“While mothers and fathers stare at empty grocery store shelves in a panic, the Biden Administration is happy to provide baby formula to illegal immigrants coming across our southern border,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said in a joint statement. “This is yet another one in a long line of reckless, out-of-touch priorities from the Biden Administration when it comes to securing our border and protecting Americans. Our children deserve a president who puts their needs and survival first – not one who gives critical supplies to illegal immigrants before the very people he took an oath to serve.”
To be sure, a February recall of powered infant formula linked to infant hospitalizations and deaths hasn’t helped matters. But the supply shortages have been ongoing since at least November. Biden’s press team couldn’t answer who in the administration was dealing with the formula shortage.
Instead, President Biden is doing what he and his liberal allies have often done: They’re accusing corporations of being greedy. And the president is using the full force of the government to push his theory. Last week he sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Lina Khan and asking the agency to “consider using all of its available tools and authorities to actively monitor the infant formula market and address any illegal conduct that may be contributing to scarcity and hoarding as well as study whether rural or smaller retailers are being put at a disadvantage.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) on Friday demanded Biden administration officials detail what steps federal agencies are taking to mitigate the problem.
“Families are already facing 40-year high inflation and surging energy costs. These parents should not have to also worry about how to feed their babies,” Johnson’s letter states. “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Trade Representative (USTR) owes the public a detailed explanation about the steps the agencies are taking to ensure parents and their babies have access to infant formula.”
“The assurances made by an untrustworthy administration and the lack of action do little to subdue the frustrations and anxieties of many parents that see a dwindling supply of infant formula for their babies,” the senator concluded.