Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik today voted to advance the Access to Baby Formula Act (H.R. 7791) to address the baby formula shortage.

“I am proud to take a step forward to address this baby formula shortage and protect families from future supply chain shortages,” Stefanik said. “While the Biden FDA failed to answer my calls to action, ignored warning signs of this shortage, and dragged their feet until families were in crisis, Congress came together with this legislation to support access to baby formula for WIC participants during supply chain disruptions and ensure this crisis never happens again.”

Currently the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) accounts for half of infant formula sales in the United States. Under the WIC program, states contract with formula manufacturers for the sale of formula to WIC participants.

Specifically, this bill will require baby formula manufacturers to submit a plan, including coordination with the USDA and FDA, on how to protect WIC participants in the event of a supply chain disruption before receiving a WIC contract. Additionally, it would allow the Secretary of Agriculture to waive certain WIC program requirements during a supply chain disruption to help get formula back on the shelves.

Stefanik actions to address this crisis:

  • In February, Stefanik sent a letter calling on the FDA to address safety and supply concerns regarding baby formula following a recall of powdered formulas after reports of related illness in infants.
  • Last week, Stefanik and Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (R-IA) called on the FDA to provide a clear timeline for when baby formula inventory is expected to be sufficiently restocked as well as a long-term plan to minimize supply chain disruptions for baby formula.
  • Stefanik did not receive a response from the FDA to her initial letter until May 11, months after she sounded the alarm and well after Americans were suffering from this baby formula crisis.