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House oversight chairman on whether feds could have acted on formula sooner: ‘We are responding now’

In Friday’s “CNN Newsroom,” Representative House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) answered questions about whether the White House and the federal government would have could act earlier on the shortage of infant formula by declaring “the White House came out with solutions. And “we are reacting now”.

Co-host Alisyn Camerota asked, “Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the White House basically fell asleep at the switch on this. Could they have committed earlier?

Maloney replied, “Well, the White House has come up with some solutions. They are now working to import. They do all kinds of things. Congress reacts. There will be a hearing, not in my committee, but in another committee next week. We have requested a briefing by the end of the month. Our briefing will come from the private sector. I invite Republicans to join us in trying to solve the problem. They can write their own letters. They can write their own – conduct their own surveys or join ours, as we seek to put the product on the shelves for families.

Camerota continued, “I think the fact is Abbott’s recall was in mid-February. We are now in mid-May. So, wasn’t there something the feds could have done sooner? »

Maloney replied, “Well, we are reacting now. We react quickly. The White House is fully engaged. Agencies are engaged. We are working to find a solution and we invite Republicans to join us in trying to find a solution.

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