THE BRONX - A U.S. congressman from the Bronx is coming to the defense of low-income residents affected by cuts to the federal food stamp program.

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-15th District) says the government's decision to roll back food stamp benefits to 48 million people nationwide will have an adverse effect on the economy. The move was originally spurred to save around $5 billion, but Serrano insists that limiting people's spending power will keep consumers out of the stores.

More importantly, Serrano adds that his constituents will join millions across the country who will now struggle to feed their families. "Giving somebody $50 a month so they can have a little more food to eat, that's unacceptable to cut that," he says.

The money could return depending on how Congress votes on an upcoming farm bill. The vote is expected by the end of 2013.