The bills were put forward by House Democrats and their fate is uncertain in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer indicated on Wednesday that lawmakers will try to pass something in the Senate through a unanimous consent request, which could be blocked by the objection of any single senator.
“We hope no one will block it, it’s such an immediate need,” Schumer said.
The formula shortage has the Biden administration and Congress facing pressure as American families demand answers and a solution to the shortage.
One of the bills passed by the House Wednesday evening — HR 7790 — would provide $28 million in emergency funding for the US Food and Drug Administration in an effort to help alleviate the current shortfall and head off future shortages. The bill was approved by a tally of 231 to 192.
“Parents and caretakers across the country cannot wait — they need our support now. This bill takes important steps to restore supply in a safe and secure manner. Additionally, with these funds, FDA will be able to help to prevent this issue from occurring again,” she said.
The House also passed HR 7791 — the Access to Baby Formula Act — introduced by Democratic Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut. The final tally was 414 to 9.
The bill is aimed at ensuring that families in need can continue to buy baby 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 that it is making it easier to import certain infant formulas as it works to address the nationwide shortage.
This story has been updated with additional developments Wednesday.
CNN’s Ali Zaslav and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.