WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) Wednesday led twenty total Members of Congress in new bipartisan legislation urging the President to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase the production of baby formula, and the legislation will also ensure distribution to all regions of the country through federally qualified health centers.
Invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) will help speed up the production of baby formula and help increase domestic production.
“No baby in our country should go hungry and no mother or father should have to struggle to find the food to feed their child. My bipartisan legislation urges the Administration to invoke the Defense Production Act and ensure proper distribution of baby formula nationwide,” said Gottheimer, the legislation’s lead sponsor.
“Raising a newborn is already a difficult and stressful job for any parent, but not being able to find the appropriate formula in this country is unacceptable. We need to immediately invoke the Defense Production Act to address this crisis and provide relief to struggling families,” said Congressman Tom Suozzi (NY-03).
“As a mom to beautiful girls, I know that nothing is more important than the health of our children. New parents have enough to worry about, so we must do everything we can to address the baby formula shortage—that includes invoking the Defense Production Act. Even as some in Washington are trying to divide Americans on this issue, we are coming together as Republicans and Democrats to urge the President to take decisive action to increase production,” said Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06).
The legislation, led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer, was also cosponsored by Reps. Don Bacon (NE-02), Dina Titus (NV-01), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Kathy Manning (NC-06), Thomas R. Suozzi (NY-03), Haley Stevens (MI-11), Brad Sherman (CA-30), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Ed Case (HI-01), Jim Costa (CA-16), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Yvette Clarke (NY-09), María Elvira Salazar (FL-27), and Elaine Luria (VA-02).