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May 19, 2022, 10:09 a.m. EDT

House bill to boost FDA resources amid infant-formula shortage narrowly overcomes 192 no votes from Republicans

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A $28 million emergency spending bill to boost resources at the Food and Drug Administration, passed by a mostly party-line vote of 231-192, amid an increasingly acute infant-formula supply pinch .

It’s unclear whether the Senate will follow suit.

“This bill just continues the Democrats’ strategy of throwing money at the same bureaucrats who caused the crisis and who have not made its solution a priority,” said Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican from Maryland.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, said the money would increase FDA staffing to boost inspections of baby formula from both domestic and international suppliers, prevent fraudulent products from getting to store shelves and acquire better data on the marketplace.

“It is essential that we ensure the federal government has the resources it needs to get baby formula back on the shelves,” said California Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker.

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