The House of Representatives passed a bill to establish an Office of Food Security at the Department of Veterans Affairs, with 49 Republicans voting against the proposal.
The Food Security for All Veterans Act was passed by a 376-49 vote, sending the bill to the Senate for approval.
The legislation, introduced by Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola, aims to establish a department to assist veterans facing food insecurity and lack of nutrition, such as providing them with information about food stamps and other programs.
Speaking on the House floor to advocate for what was her fist bill, Peltola said Alaska's high veteran population motivated her to push for the introduction of the department.
"There is nothing more important than ensuring our veterans and their families can enjoy a safe and healthy life after their service to our country," Peltola said.
The bill received overwhelming bipartisan support, with 49 Republicans being the only lawmakers who voted against the introduction of an Office of Food Security at the Department of Veterans Affairs, some of whom are military veterans themselves.
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Newsweek has contacted several GOP lawmakers who voted against the bill for comment.
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After the bill passed, Georgia Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux—together with a number of others aiming to help those who served in military—described Thursday as a "great day for veterans."
"The Food Security for All Veterans Act creates the Office of Food Security within the Department of Veterans Affairs to study food security issues and take steps to address hunger," Bourdeaux tweeted.