The end of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be underway.
On Thursday, House Republicans voted to pass a bill that would cut spending on food stamps, NBC Latino reports. The vote was 217-210, with no Democrats having voted on the measure, and only 15 Republicans voting against it.
According to NBC Latino, the passing of such bill would cause nearly 3.8 million people to lose these benefits come 2014.
"Hunger is not a game," said Congressman Xavier Becerra, following the vote. "Nearly 4 million Americans, including children, seniors and veterans, would lose their food assistance if this callous legislation ever became law."
President of National Council of La Raza, Janet Murguia, said in a statement:
“This bill takes an axe to one of the most important lifelines that families, and particularly Latino families, rely on to provide basic nutrition for their children. One out of every six Americans currently uses SNAP, with Latinos accounting for about 17 percent of participants. The program is a critical buffer from hunger for children, especially Latino children, who are less likely to have access to food than their non-Hispanic White counterparts.”
The bill will now move on to the Senate, where support for the measure is not expected to be as strong.