The bills were introduced by House Democrats and their fate is uncertain in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated Wednesday that lawmakers will try to push something through the Senate through a request for unanimous consent, which could be blocked by a single senator’s objection.
“We hope nobody blocks it, it’s such an immediate need,” Schumer said.
The formula shortage is putting the Biden administration and Congress under pressure as American families demand answers and a solution to the shortage.
One of the bills passed by the House on Wednesday night – HR 7790 – would provide $28 million in emergency funding to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help ease the current deficit and avoid future shortages. The bill was approved by a count of 231 to 192.
“Parents and caregivers across the country can’t wait – they need our support now. This bill takes important steps to restore the supply in a safe and secure way. What’s more, with these funds, the FDA will be able to help prevent this problem from happening again,” she said.
The House also passed HR 7791 – the Baby Formula Access Act – introduced by Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut. The final tally was 414 to 9.
The bill aims to ensure that families in need can continue to purchase infant formula with WIC benefits during a public health emergency or supply chain issues such as a product recall. WIC refers to the federal assistance program known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it was making it easier to import certain infant formulas as part of its fight against nationwide shortages.
This story was updated with additional developments on Wednesday.
CNN’s Ali Zaslav and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.