In Washington Thursday, Steve Pearce (R-CD2) voted for a bill that aims to cut about $40 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Nearly one in five New Mexicans, over half of them children, depend on the food assistance program. Almost seventy-five percent of those who depend on the SNAP program are employed, but do not make enough money to meet their families nutritional needs without the assistance of the SNAP program.
The bill to cut to SNAP funds (H.R. 3102) passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a partisan 217-210 vote. All 217 votes in support of the bill were cast by Republican lawmakers, including Pearce. Fifteen Republicans joined 195 Democrats in opposing the bill. Five Democrats and one Republican did not vote.
How New Mexico’s Representatives Voted:
Nays: Lujan Grisham, Luján