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Washington - This week, Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA-12) took several actions to address the nationwide shortage of baby formula.

On Wednesday, Congressman Allen voted to pass H.R. 7791, the bipartisan Access to Baby Formula Actwhich would improve cooperation between federal agencies in responding to supply chain emergencies and require manufacturers to submit formal plans on ensuring regular supply to families participating in federal food assistance programs. The bill was originally introduced by Rep. Michelle Steel (CA-48) and Rep. Jahana Hayes (CT-05).

After voting for H.R. 7791Congressman Allen made the following statement:

"The ongoing formula shortage is affecting millions of families across this nation, and solving this crisis will require both bipartisan cooperation and thoughtful policymaking. I was glad to support legislation to help ensure a supply chain breakdown of this magnitude never happens again."

Additionally, on Thursday, Congressman Allen co-sponsored the Babies Need More Formula Now Actintroduced this week by House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA-01), and Rep. Stephanie Bice (OK-05).

The bill authorizes the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to import additional formula reserves from overseas to mitigate the effects of the current shortage.

Upon co-sponsoring the bill, Congressman Allen made the following statement:

"I am proud to support this legislation, which would take immediate action to boost the supply of formula by giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the flexibility it needs to import safe baby formula from abroad. The bill would also enact safeguards to ensure the FDA is accountable and transparent in responding quickly to this crisis while shoring up the supply chain to prevent such shortages from occurring in the future.

"America's families are not sitting around waiting for this crisis to pass; they are doing everything possible to ensure their children's basic needs are met. Congress should follow suit and immediately consider the Babies Need More Formula Now Act."

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