Joe Biden Finally Invokes Defense Production Act on Baby Formula After Months of Failure

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he would invoke the Defense Production Act to ramp up the production of baby formula, after months of failing to address the crisis.

The White House released a video of Biden speaking from the Oval Office, reassuring parents he understood they were worried about their children.

“As a parent and a grandparent, I know just how stressful that is,” he said.

Biden’s action took place after 20 Democrats and Republicans, led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) introduced a resolution urging the president to act.

The president issued a memo to Secretary of Heath and Human Services Xavier Bacerra invoking the act, even though he insisted his administration had been working on it for “months.”

“The Federal Government has worked in the last several months to address the shortfall in infant formula, but additional measures are needed to ensure an adequate supply of infant formula in the United States,” he wrote.

The Biden administration claimed they knew about the supply issues since February but failed to act quickly enough to increase supplies.

Biden argued Friday he was unaware of the problem until that day – his first mention of the crisis.

In recent days the White House announced several small actions to help bring formula back to the shelves, but those actions did not immediately address the crisis.

Biden also announced he would direct HHS and the Department of Agriculture to use planes from the  Defense Department to help import more formula from overseas.

The president acknowledged in his memo that formula was “critical” for infants in the United States.

“Adequate supply of infant formula is critical to the health and safety of the millions of children who depend on the formula for essential nutrition,” he wrote.

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Exclusive — Sen. Rand Paul: Congress Has to Borrow from China to Send $40 Billion in Aid to Ukraine

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told Breitbart News Daily that America has to borrow the money to send $40 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow spoke with Paul as the Senate remains poised to pass legislation that would send $40 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine while Americans grapple with inflation and food shortages. Paul has “single handedly” worked to hold up the Ukraine package, contending that the package needs an inspector general to ensure that the billions of dollars are spent wisely.

Paul said that America would have to continue borrowing from China to appropriate the proposed Ukraine aid package.

“I think it’s important to know that we don’t have any money to send, we have to borrow money from China to send it to Ukraine. And I think most people kind of get that, and many Republicans will say that when it’s a new social program, but if it’s military aid to a country, they’re like we can borrow that, that’s a justified borrowing,” Paul explained to Marlow.

Paul served as one of the 11 Senate Republicans to vote against advancing the Ukraine aid package, which included Sens. Hawley, Mike Crapo (R-ID), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), John Boozman (R-AR), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).

The Ukraine aid procedural vote strikes a contrast between establishment Republican views on foreign policy, which favor more activist intervention abroad, and populist senators such as Paul, who believe that America should not engage in endless wars and conflict abroad.

Paul said that Republicans’ contribution to America’s deficit undermines their argument that President Joe Biden is solely responsible for the rampant inflation under his administration.

The Kentucky senator said, “The problem is that it all leads to inflation, so it kind of hurts the Republican argument that Biden’s spending and Biden’s debt leads to inflation, except for when it’s bipartisan spending and that doesn’t really count.”

Republicans added over $100 billion in new debt with Democrats in providing direct subsidies to semiconductor companies and also by increasing the National Science Foundation, one of the most wasteful organizations in Washington.

Paul lamented in his interview with Breitbart News Daily that many Republicans are now lining up to grant $48 billion in coronavirus relief to restaurants, even though most coronavirus lockdowns have been over for at least a year.

The Kentucky senator noted that many Republicans and Democrats liked the idea of having an inspector general have oversight on the tens of billions of Ukraine aid; however, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pushed senators away from Paul’s proposal because the inspector general would be “ruthless” with the spending.

Paul said that it is a good idea to have a “zealous guardian” of the taxpayers’ money.

Marlow asked why so many Republicans, even though they sound like Paul in terms of rhetoric, often vote to borrow from China to send money to Ukraine.

Paul said the “bipartisan consensus” is to have Republicans vote for increased military spending, and Democrats boost social welfare spending.

“This is the bipartisan consensus right now on Ukraine. Republican and Democrat leadership are exactly the same. So they get together. But in order to get together to get this, it’s guns and butter, you look at the $40 billion, it’s a lot of guns, but in order to get the gun they had to give out a lot of butter and so there’s a lot of spending going to European countries for food throughout the world,” Paul said.

He added, “What we’ve done is given away the farm to make us weaker.”

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Biden Invokes Defense Production Act To Address Baby Formula Shortage

Biden Invokes Defense Production Act To Address Baby Formula Shortage

Biden Announces New Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage / White House Statement:

During the infant formula shortage caused by Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall, the President has directed his team to do everything possible to ensure that there is enough safe infant formula in the country and available for families that need it.

Today, President Biden is announcing additional actions to get more formula into the United States and onto store shelves.

Invoking the Defense Production Act. To ensure that manufacturers have the necessary ingredients to make safe, healthy infant formula here at home, President Biden is invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA). The President is requiring suppliers to direct needed resources to infant formula manufacturers before any other customer who may have ordered that good. Directing firms to prioritize and allocate the production of key infant formula inputs will help increase production and speed up in supply chains.

Launching Operation Fly Formula. To speed up the import of infant formula and get more formula to stores as soon as possible, President Biden has directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to use Department of Defense (DOD) commercial aircraft to pick up overseas infant formula that meets U.S. health and safety standards, so it can get to store shelves faster. DOD will use its contracts with commercial air cargo lines, as it did to move materials during the early months of the COVID pandemic, to transport products from manufacturing facilities abroad that have met Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety standards. Bypassing regular air freighting routes will speed up the importation and distribution of formula and serve as an immediate support as manufacturers continue to ramp up production.

Earlier this week, FDA and Abbott agreed on next steps to reopen Abbott’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan, which was closed due to concerns about bacterial contamination after four infants fell ill. FDA also announced guidance that will allow major formula manufacturers to safely import formula that is not currently being produced for the U.S. market. The Administration continues to urge states to cut red tape and implement WIC flexibility, as USDA wrote to states in a letter last week. The Administration remains in close touch with manufacturers and retailers to identify transportation and logistical needs to increase the amount and speed of FDA approved formula being shipped into the country, and ensure that formula is quickly moving from factories to retailers.

Today’s steps further underscore the Administration’s commitment to addressing the formula shortage quickly and safely, and the Administration will continue working overtime to get more formula to stores as soon as possible.

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Elon Musk: Democrat Hate Drives Me To Vote Republican

Elon Musk: Democrat Hate Drives Me To Vote Republican

Mega-billionaire Elon Musk confessed on Wednesday that the Democrat party’s penchant for “division & hate” is pushing him to vote for Republicans.

“In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party,” the world’s richest man tweeted. “But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold … 🍿.”

“Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months,” he noted hours before disclosing his new party affiliation.

Musk’s admission comes just two days after he told the All-In podcast that despite “overwhelmingly” and “historically” voting for Democrats, which he said are “overly controlled by the unions and by the trial lawyers, particularly class-action lawyers,” he will be voting red in the next election.

 “I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear,” Musk said. “Now this election I will.”

The Tesla CEO also took several jabs at President Joe Biden for failing to get anything done compared to the Trump administration.

“The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter,” Musk said. “The path to power is the path to the teleprompter.”

Musk is in the process of purchasing Twitter, “owning the libs,” and correcting Big Tech’s “very far-left bias” after making a $44 billion offer.

The Tesla CEO revealed this week that he will not go through with the deal unless Twitter can “show proof of <5%” spam accounts.

“My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5% [spam accounts]. This deal cannot move forward until he does,” Musk wrote on Tuesday morning.

When Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal claimed the company has a system designed to curb online bots, Musk replied with a poop emoji.


Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.

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Donald Trump Urges Dr. Oz to Declare Victory in Pennsylvania Before Votes Fully Counted

Donald Trump Urges Dr. Oz to Declare Victory in Pennsylvania Before Votes Fully Counted

Former President Donald Trump urged Dr. Mehmet Oz on Wednesday to declare victory in the Republican Senate primary election, even as votes are still being tallied in the close race.

“Dr. Oz should declare victory,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social media platform. “It makes it much harder for them to cheat with the ballots that they ‘just happened to find.’”

Donald Trump – Truth Social – 5/18/2022

Trump’s message indicated he was concerned that Oz’s opponent David McCormick had a chance of pulling ahead as more ballots are counted.

The former president endorsed Oz in the race and even held a rally for him in Pennsylvania.

Oz is currently leading the tally with 413,227 votes while McCormick is a close second with 411,048 votes.

It is unclear when all of the votes will be counted in the state, as some counties are still counting mail-in ballots, overseas ballots, and military absentee ballots.

The McCormick team believes they are receiving a greater percentage of absentee ballots than Oz, allowing them to pull ahead and win the race.

“Based on how many uncounted absentee ballots there are and the margin by which Dave has won them so far, that’s why we are confident of victory,” McCormick’s consultant wrote on social media. “Dave will win this race.”

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US citizen, Chinese officials charged with spying on dissidents

US citizen, Chinese officials charged with spying on dissidents

A U.S. citizen and four officials from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) were charged in an indictment, unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn yesterday, with conspiracy and other charges related to an espionage and transnational repression scheme.

According to court documents, Wang Shujun, 73, of Queens, New York; Feng He, aka Boss He, of Guangdong; Jie Ji, of Qingdao; Ming Li, aka Elder Tang and Little Li, of Guangdong; and Keqing Lu aka Boss Lu, of Qingdao, allegedly participated in an espionage and transnational repression scheme in the United States and abroad. Wang was arrested on March 16, pursuant to a criminal complaint, and will be arraigned at a later date. He, Ji, Li and Lu remain at large.

“We will not tolerate efforts by the PRC or any authoritarian government to export repressive measures to our country,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “These charges demonstrate the Justice Department’s unwavering commitment to hold accountable all those who violate our laws in seeking to suppress dissenting voices within the United States and to prevent our residents from exercising their lawful rights.”

“As alleged, Wang acted as a covert intelligence asset in his own community, spying on and reporting sensitive information on prominent pro-democracy activists and organizations to his co-defendants, who are members of the Chinese government’s Ministry of State Security,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York. “Today’s indictment exposes and disrupts an operation by the PRC that threatens the safety and freedom of Chinese nationals residing in the United States on account of their pro-democracy beliefs and speech. Our office and our law enforcement partners will remain vigilant to thwart foreign espionage activities aimed at our citizens and residents.”

“If anyone doubts how serious the Chinese government is about silencing its critics, this case should eliminate any uncertainty,” said Acting Executive Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. of the FBI’s National Security Branch. “The Chinese government’s aggressive tactics were once confined to its borders. Now, the PRC is targeting people in the United States and around the world.  The FBI and its partners remain committed to combatting transnational repression.”

According to court documents, Wang is a well-known academic and author who helped start a pro-democracy organization in Queens that opposes the current communist regime in China. However, as alleged, since at least 2011, Wang has used his position and status within the Chinese diaspora and dissident communities to covertly collect information about prominent activists and human rights leaders on behalf of the MSS and PRC. As alleged in the indictment, He, Ji, Li and Lu acted as Wang’s handlers, directing Wang to target specific individuals and groups that the PRC considers subversive, such as Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, advocates for Taiwanese independence, and Uyghur and Tibetan activists, and obtain information on particular topics and matters of importance to the MSS.

As alleged in the indictment, Wang communicated and provided information to the MSS, including to He, Ji, Li and Lu, by using encrypted messaging applications and emails, as well as during face-to-face meetings in the PRC. Wang would often memorialize the information he collected in email “diaries” to be accessed by the MSS. These “diaries” included details about Wang’s private conversations with prominent dissidents, as well as the activities of pro-democracy activists and human rights organizations. A search of Wang’s residence incident to his arrest revealed approximately 163 “diary” entries Wang wrote to He, Ji, Li and Lu and other MSS officials.

For example, in one series of communications on or about Nov. 22, 2016, Ji instructed Wang to interface with a particular attendee at an upcoming pro-democracy event and to “accomplish the task” assigned by the “Boss,” referring to Lu. Ji noted that the attendee of interest had contacts with “Tibetans, Uyghurs and Mongolians” and wished Wang luck at getting “good results.” In another exchange on or about Nov. 16, 2016, Wang informed Li that he “just finished chatting” with a prominent human rights activist, noting that he asked the “necessary questions” and received “candid” answers. Li responded “great” and with a thumbs-up emoji, instructing Wang to write it in a “diary.” At least one Hong Kong democracy activist and dissident that Wang reported on to the MSS, identified as “Hong Kong Dissident #1” in the indictment, was subsequently arrested by the PRC.

In addition to this conduct, the indictment alleges that Wang transferred and possessed telephone numbers and contact information belonging to Chinese dissidents to the MSS, as well as making materially false statements to federal law enforcement, falsely denying that he had contacts with PRC officials or the MSS.


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Mehmet Oz Needs Miracle in the Mail in Pennsylvania Senate Primary

Mehmet Oz Needs Miracle in the Mail in Pennsylvania Senate Primary

The results of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania depend largely on about 30,000 mail-in ballots that have not yet been counted as of Wednesday at noon.

Dr. Mehmet Oz currently holds a 2,463-vote lead over McCormick with more than 95 percent of votes reported, according to the New York Times.

MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki shared a breakdown of the outstanding mail-in ballots by county:

Several analysts observed that McCormick has carried about a nine percent lead over Oz on mail-in ballots so far counted. For McCormick to recover from his current 2,463-vote deficit, he would need to maintain or at least come near that mail-in vote advantage.

An election worker continues the process of counting ballots for the Pennsylvania primary election, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the Mercer County Elections Board in Mercer, Pa. Vote counting continues as Republican candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and David McCormick are locked in a too-early-to-call race for Pennsylvania's hotly contested Republican nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat.

An election worker continues the process of counting ballots for the Pennsylvania primary election, Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at the Mercer County Elections Board in Mercer, Pennsylvania. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jonathan Tamari observed the quantity of mail-in ballots outstanding is “potentially helpful” to McCormick.

McCormick adviser Jeff Roe, founder of the GOP consulting firm Axiom Strategies, stated on social media he was “confident” McCormick would pull through once the outstanding ballots were all tabulated.

“Based on how many uncounted absentee ballots there are and the margin by which Dave has won them so far, that’s why we are confident of victory. Dave will win this race,” Roe wrote.

Late Tuesday just before midnight, both Oz and McCormick appeared on stage at their respective election night watch parties, and both candidates all but declared victory.

“We’re going to win this campaign, and tomorrow — right now, we have tens of thousands of mail-in ballots that have not been counted that are going to need to be counted beginning tomorrow,” McCormick said to a crowd of supporters in Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 17: Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick and his wife, Dina Powell McCormick, speak to supporters at the Indigo Hotel during a primary election night event on May 17, 2022, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Polls reveal McCormick holds a close lead over Dr. Mehmet Oz as the Republican primary race is still too close to call. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Dave McCormick and his wife, Dina Powell McCormick, speak to supporters at the Indigo Hotel during a primary election night event on May 17, 2022, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

On the opposite side of the state in Newtown, Oz announced to his own supporters, “When all the votes are tallied, I am confident we will win. … We are making a ferocious charge.”

Both candidates acknowledged that they did not expect results Tuesday night, and as of the time of this writing it remains unclear when the leftover mail-in ballots will all be fully counted.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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WATCH: White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a news conference

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre holds a news conference.

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