Last night, six Michigan Republicans in Congress voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would provide emergency funding to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. In sharp contrast, every single Michigan Democrat voted for the bill.
Following the vote, Michigan Democratic Chair Lavora Barnes released the following statement:
“Michigan Republicans spent the last week feigning concern for the baby formula shortage, but when time came to vote for the necessary funding to alleviate the problem, they said ‘no.’ Meanwhile, Governor Whitmer and Michigan Democrats in the House are moving quickly to ensure private and federal stakeholders have what they need to help families and address the shortage of baby formula.
“The vote last night is yet another example of how Michigan Republicans aren’t interested in actually taking action to address the current formula shortfall and prevent this from happening again – they’re more interested in using Michigan families’ struggles for their own political gain and pushing their radical, ultra-MAGA agenda. While Michigan Republicans are pointing fingers and voting against solutions, Democrats are laser-focused on providing the resources to help Michigan address the infant formula shortage, and working to lower costs on everything from gas to groceries.”
This “no” vote is the latest in a long pattern of Republicans actively working against solutions. Earlier this year, 193 House Republicans, including ALL Michigan Republicans, voted against capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month, while every Michigan Democrat supported the bill. Additionally, every congressional Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has saved Michiganders money on everything from their health care premiums to rent or mortgage to child care costs, and more.