Two Republican lawmakers are upset that Congress overwhelmingly voted to ease restrictions for poor families to purchase infant formula during the current shortage, saying that allowing low-income families to obtain life-sustaining nutrition for their infants comes at the expense of more well-off families.
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) were two of just nine House Republicans who voted against the Access to Baby Formula Act, which would allow low-income families who use benefits from the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program to purchase a wider variety of sizes of formula containers. WIC has rules on the size of cans beneficiaries can purchase, which has made obtaining formula during the shortage even harder for low-income families.
Greene justified her vote against the bipartisan bill by falsely claiming it would somehow hurt families who do not receive government assistance.
Gaetz made similar false claims about the impact of eliminating some restrictions on WIC formula benefits.
Gaetz and Greene’s position is far out of the mainstream, even among their own party.