Biden invokes Defense Production Act to address nationwide formula shortage

May 18, 2022
Supplies of baby formula across the country have been severely curtailed after a February recall exacerbated ongoing supply chain disruptions.
A sign tells customers about purchase limits on baby formula at a Maryland Target on May 16. The ongoing formula shortage follows supply chain issues and a February recall.
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Biden wants minerals for electric vehicles mined in the U.S.

Apr 4, 2022
The White House invoked the Defense Production Act to foot the bill for mining feasibility studies.
Key parts of electric vehicle batteries utilize nickel and cobalt, which typically come from Russia, China and other countries. Biden now wants to boost domestic supplies of the minerals.
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Pressure mounts on Biden to use Defense Production Act, but it's not a "magic wand"

Mar 14, 2022
Those bipartisan calls from Congress follow the president's ban on Russian oil and other energy imports.
Though pressure is building for President Joe Biden to invoke the Defense Production Act to boost domestic oil production, some say the situation is not a national emergency — a requirement for tapping the act.
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