MAY 20, 2022

Dusty Johnson Votes Against Addressing Baby Formula Shortage
192 Republican members of Congress voted on Wednesday night against a bill to help alleviate baby formula shortages

The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement after Republican Representative Dusty Johnson voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act on Wednesday night, which would provide emergency funding to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States.

“As Democrats are moving quickly to pass legislation that would help families and address the shortage of baby formula, South Dakota Republicans are all talk and no action when it comes to making sure we have the resources necessary to deal with this shortage. This vote is yet another example of how South Dakota Republicans aren’t interested in actually taking action to address the current formula shortfall and prevent this from happening again – they’re more interested in using South Dakota families’ struggles for their own political gain. While South Dakota Republicans are pointing fingers and voting against solutions, Democrats are laser-focused on providing the resources to help South Dakota address the infant formula shortage, and working to lower costs on everything from gas to groceries.”

This “no” vote is the latest in a long pattern of Republicans actively working against solutions. Earlier this year, 193 House Republicans, including Dusty Johnson, voted against capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month. Additionally, Johnson voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has saved South Dakotans money on everything from their health care premiums to rent or mortgage to child care costs, and more.