Days after U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called on President Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act, the White House has announced it will move forward with this critical action. In response, Senator Gillibrand praised the swift response.
“I am grateful that President Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act, which will enable the U.S. to ramp up domestic production of baby formula, address hoarding and prevent price gouging. This swift action will help millions of American families and their babies in this time of need.”
Senator Gillibrand first called for President Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act on May 12th and sent the president a letter on May 16th urging him to act quickly on her proposal. Gillibrand also announced the introduction of her bicameral Emergency Infant Formula Act, which would take important steps to increase domestic production and expand sourcing of formula in order to alleviate the current crisis and prevent future shortages.