For Immediate Release: 5/19/22

Contact: Phil Swibinski, (201) 978-8651

Van Drew Votes NO on House Bill to Address Baby Formula Crisis

Republican Congressman Continues to Fail NJ Families

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Democratic State Committee is releasing the following statement after Republican Congressman Jeff Van Drew voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act late last night, which would provide emergency funding to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Every one of New Jersey’s Democratic members of Congress voted for the bill. 

“While Democrats are moving quickly to pass legislation that would help families and address the shortage of baby formula, Jeff Van Drew is proving again that he has no interest in helping New Jersey families trying to feed their babies,” said NJDSC Vice Chair Peg Schaffer. “The fact that Van Drew voted against a bill to help curb the nationwide formula shortage tells you everything you need to know about Jefferson Van Drew. The vote was callous, inhumane, and in line with his new home in the ultra-MAGA wing of the Republican party. While Republicans like Van Drew are voting against actual solutions, Democrats are laser-focused on providing the resources to help 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 Van Drew actively working against real solutions to the problems faced by New Jerseyans. Earlier this year, Van Drew joined 193 House Republicans in voting against capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month, while every New Jersey Democrat supported the bill. Additionally, every congressional Republican — including both Van Drew and Chris Smith — voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has saved New Jerseyans money on everything from their health care premiums to rent or mortgage to child care costs, and more.