Johnson Statement on House Passage of Right to Try

WASHINGTON Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has this to say Tuesday following a vote in the House of Representatives to pass S.204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017. In May 2016, Johnson introduced this legislation aimed at allowing terminally ill patients, their doctors, and pharmaceutical manufacturers to administer investigational medical treatments where no alternative exists.

“Today, Congress restored a little freedom and hope to terminally ill Americans.  I’d like to thank President Trump, Vice President Pence, Representatives Biggs and Fitzpatrick, Speaker Ryan, and Majority Leader McCarthy for helping pass Right To Try in the House.  There are so many others to thank, but the real heroes are Trickett, Frank, Jordan, Matt, their families, and thousands of others who worked tirelessly to pass Right to Try throughout America.” 

S.204, the Johnson-Donnelly bill that passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Aug. 3, 2017, and passed in the House today can be found here.

Forty states already have passed right to try bills on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis.

Details on Johnson’s right to try work can be found below:

Feb. 18, 2016: Johnson’s letter to the FDA can be found here.

Feb. 25, 2016: Johnson held a hearing on connecting patients to new and potential life saving treatments.

Feb. 25, 2016: Johnson expressed his support for right to try.

March 16, 2016: Letter from Sens. Johnson, Carper, Donnelly and Coats to the FDA on can be found here.

April 26, 2016: Johnson’s statement on an FDA panel not approving eteplirsen can be found here.

May 10, 2016: Johnson introduced the Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act.

May 23, 2016: Johnson’s and Sen. Coats’ letter to the FDA can be found here.

June 16, 2016: Johnson advocates for right to try legislation at a Capitol Hill rally.

Sept. 16, 2016: Johnson’s and Sen. Alexander’s letter to the FDA can be found here.

Sept. 19, 2016: Johnson letter to FDA Commissioner Califf expressing disappointment at his refusal to testify at a right to try hearing.

Sept. 19, 2016Johnson applauds an FDA decision to approve eteplirsen to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Sept. 22, 2016: Johnson held a hearing on right to try.

Sept. 22, 2016: Johnson calls on fellow senators to pass bill to give terminally ill patients hope.

Sept. 26, 2016: Johnson calls on Senate to support right to try legislation.

Sept. 28, 2016: Johnson criticizes partisan blocking of bill for terminally ill patients.

Sept. 29, 2016: Johnson corrects the record in letter to Minority Leader Reid after right to try bill is blocked.

Oct. 24, 2016: After FDA’s silence, Johnson presses HHS for answers on right to try laws.

Nov. 16, 2016: 44th senator co-sponsors legislation giving terminally ill patients hope.

Jan. 24, 2017: Johnson re-introduces Trickett Wendler Right to Try Act with 39 original co-sponsors.

Aug. 3, 2017: Johnson Right to Try Bill Passes Senate

Oct. 2, 2017: Johnson and Donnely write letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Feb. 2, 2018: President Trump encourages Congress to pass right to try.

March 21, 2018: Johnson statement on House passage of House version of right to try.

March 23, 2018: Johnson calls on House to pass S. 204 after House right to try bill fails in the Senate.

May 21, 2018: Johnson, Donnelly Statement on Expected House Vote on Senate-Approved Right to Try Bill