Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House GOP Conference, said that FDA Commissioner Robert Califf’s declaration that no FDA workers will be fired or reassigned regarding the baby formula crisis is not “acceptable” and that the Biden govt. has decided to respond to the crisis by burying its head in the sand on Wednesday’s episode of the Fox Business Network’s “Bottom Line.” Stefanik said that the problem calls for a legislative response.
Sean Duffy, the co-host, questioned: “Commissioner Robert Califf says the makeover would not entail removing any staff engaged in the agency’s inadequate reaction in the aftermath of the baby formula problem in the country. So, Elise, where is the responsibility? No formula is available on the market, leaving moms like yourselves to wonder how they will feed their children, yet no one is held accountable.”
“Sean, that’s unacceptable,” Stefanik said. “And I’ll admit that, one year ago this month, it was my letter about the scarcity of infant formula that kicked off the movement for accountability. How about the Biden administration’s actions? They had their heads buried in the sand. This happens time and time again. They also attempted to shift blame. In the FDA’s case, they proceeded slowly, they were aware that a problem would arise and did not deal with it. Therefore, it is untenable that there would be no responsibility. And I’ll tell you, we must make sure that this is being addressed via legislation. However, it is unconscionable that the Biden administration is doing nothing.”