House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) went ballistic when Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) pointed out that President Joe Biden is at least partially to blame for baby formula shortages plaguing the United States.
Stefanik, chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, wrote on Twitter, “Joe Biden continues to put America LAST by shipping pallets of baby formula to the southern border as American families face empty shelves. This is unacceptable. American mothers and their babies shouldn’t suffer because of the #BidenBorderCrisis.”
When Pelosi was questioned about Stefanik’s claim, it seemed to completely set her off, triggering a rage-filled defense of Biden’s decision to prioritize illegals over American citizens.
During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” Stephanopoulos questioned the speaker of the house as to whether or not the shortage was in-part due to Biden’s decision.
Stephanopoulos began, “So many families are also facing this baby formula shortage right now, dire shortage across the country. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Republican from here in New York, is laying this on President Biden and his shipping of pallets of baby formula to the southern border. She has a tweet right there where says “as American families face empty shelves, this is unacceptable.” Is that why we’re facing this shortage?”
“As usual, her statement is totally irresponsible,” Pelosi responded. “Babies are crying. We need to get them food. And the president has — now what we’re doing this week in the Congress is, again, Bobby Scott, chair of the Education and Labor Committee, that’s the jurisdiction that will lower some of the regulations, et cetera, so that it’s easier to buy it.”
Pelosi did not directly dispute the accuracy of Stefanik’s remarks but claimed instead that part of the issue was the “supply chain.”
Stefanik fired back on Twitter, writing: “As usual, your LEADERSHIP is totally irresponsible. Babies are crying. We need to get them food.”
Other Republicans like Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) further slammed the Biden administration over the shortage of baby formula.
After outlining her bipartisan legislation to help prevent future supply chain issues, Blackburn said the shortage, which the White House has refused to refer to as a “crisis,” “shows you how broken this administration is.”
She argued the Biden White House knew there would be a lack of baby formula in October 2021 after ordering the plant to close due to contamination concerns.
“This ought not to have ever happened,” Blackburn declared. “The White House knew about this issue back in October. The FDA has not worked with Abbott [Nutrition] in a productive manner to get this back open. And thank goodness Abbott has put up a 1-800 number that your viewers can get off of my social media so that parents and caregivers can call and get the formula they need.”
The Tennessee Republican senator concluded, “You know, this just shows you how broken this administration is with this baby formula crisis.”