- Rep. Elise Stefanik called it “unacceptable” to give immigrants baby formula during the shortage.
- Stefanik, a top House Republican and a Trump favorite, said “Biden continues to put America LAST.”
- Democratic Representatives Eric Swalwell and Rubén Gallego accused her of wanting to deny babies food.
Democratic lawmakers accused Rep. Elise Stefanik of wanting to withhold baby food in response to her comments about infant formula in immigration detention centers.
“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 should not suffer due to the #BidenBorderCrisis.” , Stefanik, the top third. House Republican and a favorite of former President Donald Trump, said in a cheep on Friday.
The New York representative’s tweet came amid a wave of Republican outrage over claims pallets of infant formula were being shipped to detention facilities as the US faces nationwide shortages fueled by supply chain issues and product recalls.
Some Democratic lawmakers jumped on Stefanik’s comments.
Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona tweeted asking him what he was proposing instead: “Do we just starve these babies? Parents are in lockdown and can’t go buy an alternative. So you’re asking the government to deliberately starve children?”
Representative Eric Swalwell of California also tweeted to Stefanik: “If you’re in Congress proposing that babies starve, you deserve to have your name trending. #EliseStarvefanik.”
A representative for Stefanik did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
The baby formula shortage in the US began months ago but worsened in April. At the end of the month, 40% of infant formula products nationwide were out of stock, and in some states, more than 50%.
The White House on Thursday announced plans to address the shortage.
It’s unclear when or how much infant formula was sent to immigration facilities, but Republicans began raising concerns after Rep. Kat Cammack said “pallets of baby formula” had been sent to immigration detention facilities. border.
In a statement provided to Insider on Thursday, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said: “CBP takes seriously its legal responsibility to ensure the safety of those in our custody. Ensuring that migrants, including children and infants, in our custody have their basic needs met is in line with this Administration’s commitment to guarantee safe, orderly and humane processes at our border”.