For Immediate Release
June 23, 2022
Patty Murray Once Again Stands Between Washington Moms And Baby Formula
PASCO, WA – U.S. Senate candidate and mom Tiffany Smiley (R-WA) issued the following statement in response to Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and her Senate Democratic colleagues objecting to the U.S. Senate considering the FORMULA Act to address our nation’s continued baby formula shortage crisis.
The FORMULA Act works to bolster domestic supply of baby formula to help families feed their infant children by:
Ensuring families have access to safe, affordable formula;
Removing trade barriers such as tariffs from safe foreign manufacturers; and,
Allowing WIC program recipients to use vouchers to purchase formula from any producer.
The FORMULA Act has been brought to the Senate floor with requests for consideration multiple times since the national baby formula crisis began earlier this year. Each time, the bill has been objected to and not allowed consideration by the full Senate body – several times by Murray herself.
Tiffany Smiley said: “Washington has a 90% formula out-of-stock rate yet Patty Murray thinks it’s a good idea to object to our families having access to safe and affordable baby formula. How out of touch can she be? Washington families are struggling at every turn and the fact that we cannot feed our innocent infants is appalling. Patty Murray has not only ignored the formula shortage problem, she has been the problem, and it’s time she steps aside and lets a new mom fight for Washington families.”
Wednesday’s objection to the FORMULA Act is Murray and her committee’s latest refusal to address the nation’s baby formula crisis. As Chairwoman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) has oversight over BOTH the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Labor Department. Yet between the initial allegation against the Abbott formula facility in February 2021 and February 2022, Senator Murray did absolutely nothing to address the problems. Only once a recall was issued, on February 24, 2022, did Murray send a letter to the FDA inquiring about the contamination issues; however, it wasn’t until May 2022 that Murray finally spoke out on the formula shortage crisis that was enveloping the nation.
Senator Murray failed Washington families for a full 15 months while they were being hit the hardest. As reported by Bloomberg, the baby formula crisis continued worsen, with the national out-of-stock rate climbing to over 70%. However, one in five states saw out-of-stock rates in excess of 90% - including Washington.
As a leader in the United States Senate, it is Patty Murray’s job to address the critical issues facing her constituents. Murray could have spoken out, held hearings, and held Labor and the FDA accountable – ensuring that the formula crisis was averted. Murray could have worked with formula manufacturers to ensure any void in formula supply was filled. But Patty Murray did nothing for more than a year.
Now Patty Murray and her committee are literally the lone voices in the United States Senate standing between Washington babies and the formula they need. Washington’s one-time “mom in tennis shoes” has forgotten about the moms she was elected to serve.
PAID FOR BY SMILEY FOR WASHINGTON, INC.