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List of 49 Republicans Who Voted Against Food Security Help for Veterans

Newsweek 9/30/2022 Ewan Palmer
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks at a news conference at the Capitol Building on December 07, 2021 in Washington, DC. Gohmert and Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) held the press conference to describe the alleged mistreatment of January 6 defendants in the DC jail. All three were among 49 lawmakers to have voted against establishing an Office of Food Security at the Department of Veterans Affairs. © Anna Moneymaker U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks at a news conference at the Capitol Building on December 07, 2021 in Washington, DC. Gohmert and Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) held the press conference to describe the alleged mistreatment of January 6 defendants in the DC jail. All three were among 49 lawmakers to have voted against establishing an Office of Food Security at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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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Full List of Republicans Who Voted Against Office of Food Security for Veterans

Rick Allen, Georgia

Jodey Arrington, Texas

Jim Baird, Indiana

Dan Bishop, North Carolina

Mo Brooks, Alabama

Ken Buck, Colorado

Tim Burchett, Tennessee

Michael Cloud, Texas

Andrew Clyde, Georgia

James Comer, Kentucky

Dan Crenshaw, Texas

Jeff Duncan, South Carolina

Jake Ellzey, Texas

Pat Fallon, Texas

Drew Ferguson, Georgia

Scott Franklin, Florida

Matt Gaetz, Florida

Louie Gohmert, Texas

Bob Good, Virginia

Lance Gooden, Texas

Paul Gosar, Arizona

Mark Green, Tennessee

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia

Morgan Griffith, Virginia

Glen Grothman, Wisconsin

Andy Harris, Maryland

Diana Harshbarger, Tennessee

Kevin Hern, Oklahoma

Jody Hice, Georgia

Ronny Jackson, Texas

Jim Jordan, Ohio

John Joyce, Pennsylvania

Debbie Lesko, Arizona

Barry Loudermilk, Georgia

Thomas Massie, Kentucky

Mary Miller, Illinois

Barry Moore, Alabama

Ralph Norman, South Carolina

Steven Palazzo, Mississippi

Scott Perry, Pennsylvania

Bill Posey, Florida

Matt Rosendale, Montana

Chip Roy, Texas

Steve Scalise, Louisiana

Greg Steube, Florida

Van Taylor, Texas

Tom Tiffany, Wisconsin

Daniel Webster, Florida

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.

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