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Congressman Andy Biggs Applauds Senate Passage of Right to Try

August 3, 2017
Press Release

Gilbert, Arizona – Congressman Andy Biggs released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed Right to Try:

“I applaud the Senate for passing Right to Try. Senator Ron Johnson has worked tirelessly to bring this legislation to the Senate floor, and his efforts have succeeded today.

“I hope that the House will pass Right to Try when we return in September. This initiative gives hope to millions of terminally ill Americans who would otherwise have no recourse available to them in their last days. Congress should never stand between a patient and hope of recovery, and with an administration that is eager to sign this policy into law, the House should immediately affirm the Senate’s action. I stand ready to do my part to help send this bill to the President’s desk for his signature.”

Congressmen Andy Biggs (AZ-05), along with Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), introduced the House version of Right to Try Act in February. This bill would give terminally ill patients the option to receive drugs that have passed the Food and Drug Administration’s basic safety testing but are still working their way through the often lengthy final approval process. 

  • “By passing the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 today, the Senate took a strong stand in support of the millions of Americans and their families suffering from terminal illnesses. Patients with terminal diseases ought to have a right to access treatments that have demonstrated a level of safety and could potentially save their lives. I’m proud that today, the Senate stood up for terminally ill patients who just want to reclaim their freedom – who want the right to hope. Among many others, I thank Chairman Lamar Alexander, Sen. Joe Donnelly and the Goldwater Institute for their support for this legislation. I strongly urge Speaker Ryan and the House to quickly take up this legislation and send this bill to the president’s desk for his signature.” - Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
  • “The Senate’s bipartisan passage of our ‘Right to Try’ legislation is a huge victory for hundreds of thousands of Americans and their families fighting terminal illnesses. Every American has the right to fight for their life and the life of their loved one. Today's action is a critical step toward ensuring that every American has the ‘Right to Try.’  Myself and my colleague, Andy Biggs, will work tirelessly to ensure that the House promptly takes up our companion legislation and that our 'Right to Try' mission finally becomes law." - Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
  • Right to try is now law in nearly 40 states. From blue states like California and Connecticut to red states like Georgia and South Carolina, state legislatures have stepped up to provide terminally ill patients and their families with hope. The Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act will protect patients in states that have passed right to try laws. It's time for Congress to stop lagging behind and pass Sen. Johnson and Rep. Biggs' legislation to ensure that federal bureaucrats don't get in the way of patients whose only hope may be access to experimental treatments." - Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, FreedomWorks
  • "We are thrilled to see the Senate take this historic step toward empowering terminally ill patients to control their own destinies. The Goldwater Institute took up this fight because the right to try to save one's own life is fundamental. Right to Try isn't about politics or partisanship - it's about principles and people. We are thankful to the Senate for taking up the cause of patients, doctors, and lawmakers who created a groundswell in the states. When people are fighting for their lives, they shouldn’t have to fight the government too. We look forward to seeing the House take up the cause next so that the Right to Try becomes the law of the land." – Christina Sandefur, Executive Vice President of the Goldwater Institute and primary drafter of the Right to Try model legislation