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Andy Biggs

From the office of:

Andy Biggs


Sending Office: Honorable Andy Biggs
Sent By:
Jeffrey.Kuckuck@mail.house.gov

DEADLINE TO SIGN: COB TOMORROW

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Dear Colleague:

My friend Rep. Fitzpatrick and I are offering a letter to Speaker Ryan and Leader McCarthy urging them to bring the Senate companion of the Right to Try Act (H.R. 878) to the floor of the House as soon as possible (see below). 

S. 204 passed out of the Senate by unanimous consent last August and no further action has happened since then.  Rep. Fitzpatrick and I both believe that placing this version of Right to Try on the suspension calendar would be the best means to ensure this
bill becomes law as soon as possible.

We just need one last push to get this legislation over the finish line.  The President himself urged Congress to get this done in his State of the Union address!

If you are interested in signing this letter, please contact either Jeff Kuckuck (jeffrey.kuckuck@mail.house.gov) in my office or Ayshia Connors (ayshia.connors@mail.house.gov)
in Rep. Fitzpatrick’s.

Sincerely,

Andy Biggs
Member of Congress

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Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader McCarthy:

We strongly urge you to bring the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act (S. 204) to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote as soon as possible.

The fundamental purpose of the Right to Try Act is very simple: it merely allows terminally ill patients who have exhausted all other options to try medications that have passed basic Food and Drug Administration safety protocols but not completed the full,
multiyear approval process.  This bill safeguards any pharmaceutical company that may wish to participate in Right to Try, but it in no way requires participation to begin with.  We are not seeking to impose a mandate on anyone.  Instead, we are merely
seeking to give patients who have no other options yet another possibility to try to save their own lives.

Right to Try legislation has now become law in 38 states, often with overwhelming support.  In Arizona, the initiative passed with 80 percent of the popular vote in a 2014 ballot effort.  Just last year, Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf signed Right to Try
into law after that measure unanimously passed both chambers of the General Assembly.  In fact, in these highly polarized times, it is difficult to think of any other policy initiative that has come even close to achieving as much popular support.

State legislation can only go so far, however, because it is being preempted by a lack of guidance at the federal level.  Unfortunately, the House has not acted despite the fact that S. 204 passed the Senate by unanimous consent on August 3 of last year. 
Moving forward, placing S. 204 on the suspension calendar would be the best and most expedient way to proceed, and we have no doubt that such an effort would be successful.

What we cannot accept is inaction, endless delays, and half-measures.  Vice President Pence stated last month that passing Right to Try is “about restoring hope and giving patients with life-threatening diseases a fighting chance.  Let’s get this DONE.” 
President Trump himself, in his first State of the Union address last week, stated that “people who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure.  It is time for Congress to give these wonderful Americans the ‘right to try.'” 

We wholeheartedly agree with these sentiments: it is now time to move forward without delay.  We owe nothing less to the millions of patients across the country who are fighting for their lives each and every day.

Sincerely,

Andy Biggs
Member of Congress                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
       

Brian Fitzpatrick
Member of Congress                                                                                                         

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