DC Career Politician In Tennis Shoes Abandons Washington State Moms


For Immediate Release

May 23, 2022


***PRESS RELEASE***

DC Career Politician In Tennis Shoes Abandons Washington State Moms

“Seniority means nothing if you don’t exert your influence, and a megaphone is worthless unless you use it.” – Tiffany Smiley


PASCO, WA – As Washington State families continue to struggle to provide their infants with the formula they need, Washington, DC career politician Senator Patty Murray continues to grandstand, spins the facts to cover her lack of action, and fails to provide leadership for the voters she was sent to represent.


Tiffany Smiley said: “You can’t be pro-woman if you let moms and babies suffer. We hear all the time about how powerful Patty Murray supposedly is, but power and seniority means nothing if you don’t use your influence for good. It took months of warnings and national headlines for Patty Murray to finally take action on the formula shortage, but by then it was too late. That’s not leadership, that’s CYA.”


Senator Patty Murray is not only the third ranking member of the Senate Democratic Leadership, she is also Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions – which has oversight over the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). President Biden himself said he “works for” Murray during his recent stop in Seattle. Yet the devastating shortage of baby formula happened on Murray’s watch.


Murray rested the defense of her feckless response to the catastrophic baby formula shortage on a letter she wrote the FDA in February. The text of that February letter tells a very different story than the one spun by Murray today, though. Murray’s letter focused on contamination of baby formula; however, nowhere in her letter does Murray address the potential shortage of baby formula as a result of this recall and nowhere in her letter does Murray ask the company – or the FDA – for contingencies in getting baby formula to the shelves (U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Press Release, “Murray, Casey Demand Answers Following Abbott Recall of Contaminated Infant Formula,” February 24, 2022).


Following the release of her letter to the FDA on February 24, 2022, the co-author of Murray’s letter to the FDA – Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) – requested answers from the FDA about what steps they were taking to ensure infant formula remained on the shelves; however, Murray sat silent for months as the supply of baby formula became dangerously low (U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Press Release, “Casey, Brown Urge FDA Action On Recalled Baby Formula,” April 11, 2022). It was not until May 13, 2022 that Murray called for formula manufacturers to address this crisis (U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Press Release, “Murray, Casey, Democrats Push Infant Formula Manufacturers To Address Crisis, Get Formula On Shelves ASAP,” May 13, 2022). By then, it was too late for thousands of Washington families, and millions more across the country.


This begs the question, what was Murray doing during the nearly three months between her letter regarding contamination at the manufacturer and the crisis we are witnessing today? Nothing. Despite having the loudest microphone in America to sound the alarm about the oncoming baby formula crisis, Senator Murray said nothing. In fact, Murray issued more public statements on ending Daylight Savings Time (one) than she did on the baby formula crisis (zero).


“Seniority means nothing if you don’t exert your influence, and a megaphone is worthless unless you use it. I don’t know if Senator Murray still wears tennis shoes, but it’s clear that she’s let Washington moms down,” concluded Smiley.

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