North Carolina Republican U.S. House delegation, including U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd, were among the 192 Republicans who voted against giving families easier access to infant formula amid a national shortage.
Nearly 47 percent of baby formula is out of stock in stores around North Carolina, according to Axios. As of now, Tennessee ranks as the worst state in the baby formula shortage, with eight other states following behind.
Despite the urgency, Republicans voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act that would provide much-needed emergency funding to states to address the shortage of infant formula.
A second piece of legislation, the Access to Baby Formula Act, passed with 414 congressmen, both Democrats and Republicans, voting in favor of allowing families on the food assistance program WIC to buy whatever formula brand is available in stores.
However, nine House Republicans voted against the bill.
The GOP’s opposition to giving relief to struggling families comes amid the leaked draft opinion that the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade; a move that would strip away the freedom and privacy for an individual to make the best medical decisions for themselves and their family.
“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 North Carolina families’ struggles for their own political gain and pushing their radical, ultra-MAGA agenda,” stated NCDP in a press release.
Read more about how the U.S. got into a baby formula shortage here.