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tv   U.S. Senate Sens. Schumer Stabenow Boozeman on Baby Formula Shortage  CSPAN  May 19, 2022 7:44pm-7:56pm EDT

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low income families during shortages. the access to baby formula act now heads to president biden. they house a past that last night 41429. >> mr. president.ib the senate has just passed legislation to help ease the terrible nightmare parents are facing trying to find it baby formula for their kids. it is where we have you nobody in the senate on important measures and i wish we had more. this is one of the important issues and i am glad we are acting with one voice. but it's the stuff of nightmares for parents to race to the grocery store or the drugstore only to find the shelves empty of baby formula or causing more anguish the on the shelf but they cannot buy it because of the wick did not allow them to breed this shortage the shortage of baby formula is causing unimaginable stress. on immeasurable anguish parents and immense harm on america's
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young kids. already such a strain on parents and newborn children. especially times of covid. thus thing parents and caregivers need is for it to be even harder to feed their w children. step we are taking flexibility relief to wic beneficiaries. and almost half of all baby formula consumed in the u.s. despite wic beneficiaries. now, millions of parents will have an easier time finding the baby formula they need. i want to thank senator stabenow she's been amazing in shepherding this throughput she got through the house. she came up with the idea now we are here to pass it onto the senate and send it to the president's desk but she had a great partner in cetera boseman who stepped up to the plate as well. i think them for champ being it is a mention already passed the house with overwhelming bipartisan support. i'm glad it's passing the senate. now yesterday president biden about the defense production act
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to respond to the shortage of baby formula that is hurting parents and caretakers of newborns across the country. present democrats in congress are taking this issue seriously and invoking the dpa with exactly the right response. too that parents and caregivers of america we hear you. we know this is unacceptable crisis the senate is taking action. president biden increase imports the safe baby formula. increase production and our country. the house is taken action and on the senate is. we must keep going because there'sw, more to do. i yield to senator stabenow who as i mentioned amazingly great job on this issue. >> thank you very much mr. present to thank our leader who has been right there every moment giving us the opportunity to be able to move this through quickly. i'm very pleased to say the access to baby formula act,
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there senator schumer's actions will be going to the president for his signature. really important of what we need to do to deal with an immediate crisis. right this minute moms and dads are trying to figure out what they're going to do to give safe baby foreman to their children. is it on the shelf? will they have to go to get it? how many days, hours are going to have to wait to do this? it is an incredible, incredible emergency. what i so appreciate is that we came together. an active, frankly i think faster than i participated from writing about the beginning of the week to thursday and having it past the house. and now the senate. i don't think we should b be
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giving wish something happened in the very beginning we should not have seen what happened at the average plants. in my mind the fda should move more quickly to respond to it. but when we became aware of all of this, we came together very quickly to do what we could. thes reality is that half of the baby formula in this country goes to moms and babies that are on a very important program that is called the women infant and children's program. and we know we do everything possible to take away any barrier for them to be able to children. to get baby formula for children. that is what we have done to make sure the usda can act quickly pretty want to thank secretary bill sacco has acted quickly and has worked with us
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on this legislation to be also want to make sure every manufacturer of baby formula going forward is required to participate in a wicket to have a comprehensive plan of what to do in an emergency. what to do and supply chain breakdowns or something else that stops our moms and babies what is essential this is an important program that has worked for a long, long time i'm so pleased to have my friend and ranking member working with me. we came together very quickly i want to thank our staff for doing that as well. this is not the only thing that needs to happen, but it is really important that we move you are on wic and you go to the grocery store and the formula
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that you're supposed to buy it, by brand it's not available there something else available you can buy it. you could get it. we are not going to put any barriers for your getting safe baby formula. until this is an important piece pretty want to thank president biden for acting as well. acting out to our partners in the european union to be able to import safe baby formula as fast as possible their other producers, manufacturers in the country increasing their production right now. most important thing is that we let families know we are going to doak everything possible to make sure their babies get what they need as soon as possible. and that we understand pro certainly understand as a mom. i understand asma a grandma that this is a horror for families
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with babies. and i am very appreciative the night state senate came together as quickly as in a bipartisan way as we have done to do our part those of us on the agricultural nutrition for street commission to make sure those moms and babies we are responsible are getting all the support that they can to make sure they can sleep easy at night except in the baby's crying of s course. to be able to sleep easy athe night i note somebody's going to work as hard as possible to make sure they have the baby formula they need. i would prefer to my friend and partner, senator boseman. thank you federal stabenow. >> center from arkansas. >> again i want to complement
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senator stabenow for her leadership in this area. she said getting it done in a record amount of time or facing it infant shortage across theos country as we all know moms and dads in the most prosperous country on earth should never have to worry about their ability to obtain something as vital as baby formula. one of the most vital nutrition programs the wic program provides formula to families in need across the country.if the shortage is disproportionally impacted these families that make it more difficult to find formula on the shelves for this legislation will benefit every american family by ensuring formula manufacturers and regulators are always prepared to respond to any shortages or supply disruptions by providing more flexibilities to usda. bill has the support of a national wic association. more than 250 other groups
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across the country. most importantly the support of 100 senators which we are very proud of it. i went to again give a special shout out to senator stabenow and staff.n my staff who worked very hard to get this done. and then also to the majority leader senator schumer for again pushing this through. great collaboration among the house and senate. really is a very, very good example how we need to collaborate more. with that i yield back. mocha including comcast. >> are you think those are just a community center? >> know it's way more than that. comcast is parted with 1000
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