Des Moines – Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn released the following statement after Iowa Republicans in Congress voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act late last night, which would provide emergency funding to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Congresswoman Cindy Axne voted for the bill.
“As Democrats move quickly to pass legislation that would help families and address the shortage of baby formula, Ashley Hinson, Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Randy Feenstra are once again using Iowa families’ struggles for their own political gain. Iowa Republicans aren’t interested in working together to solve the current formula shortage or to prevent this from happening in the future. I’m proud of Iowa Democrats – like Congresswoman Cindy Axne – who are focused on solving the infant formula shortage and lowering 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 Ashley Hinson and Randy Feenstra voted against capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month, while Congresswoman Cindy Axne supported the bill. Every congressional Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has saved Iowans money on everything from their health care premiums to rent or mortgage to child care costs, and more.