Val Demings and Darren Soto are original cosponsors. Seven other cosponsors, including U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., have signed on since the bill was introduced.
The bill has been before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee for more than a year now but Ros-Lehtinen has rounded up more than 65 cosponsors.
The bill sends more than $56 million to the Office of Minority Health including $2 million for the National Health Education Lupus Program. The bill also send $6.5 million to the Center for Disease Control’s National Lupus Patient Registry.
Last month, Lawson held a roundtable event with First Coast veterans and noted that, while there is a VA clinic in Jacksonville, the nearest VA hospitals are in Gainesville and Lake City.
Estimates hold that PEPFAR initiative has helped more than 14 million people across the world.
When he introduced the proposal on Tuesday, Mast compared open burn pits and toxins to Agent Orange.