During his State of the Union address President Trump urged Congress to pass the 'right-to-try' bill. The Senate passed it in August 2017, and the House passed the bill last week. The 'right to try' gives those with potentially terminally ill diseases the right to usethat have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
"As I proudly sign this bill, thousands of terminally ill Americans will have the help, the hope and the fighting chance -- and I think it's going to be better than chance -- that they will be cured, that they will be helped, that they will be able to be with their families for a long time, or maybe just for a longer time," Trump said. "But we're able to give them the absolute best we have at this current moment, at this current second. We're going to help a lot of people. It's an honor to be signing this."
Senator Ron Johnson has pushed for the 'right-to-try' bill for several years. He is the Chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee & the Subcommittee on Europe & Regional Security Cooperation. The Senator joins Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the bill and how he believes it will save lives.
On the passing of the 'right-to-try' bill: It was a big win for terminally ill patients and their families. That's really, the people who fought for it the people that deserve all the credit for it, the people that just tirelessly lobbied 40 states and finally got the federal overall bill passed. It's a great day for them. (00:44)
On what the new law is: All right to try does it says if there's a drugs passed phase one first safety hurdle for approval and you have a life threatening illness where you have no further treatment options and you don't qualify for a clinical trial it'll be your decision working with your doctor and manufacturer of the medicine they'll decide whether or not you can access that drug as opposed to a faceless unelected bureaucrat who in many cases have said no to people that end up being approved months or years later who would have still been alive at the moment of that approval. This will save lives. (3:00)
On response to criticism that it gives false hope: They have no hope at all. None whatsoever and they're looking for just a little bit of hope a little bit of freedom. (6:35)
On the August recess cancellation: I was on of the signers of the letter urging McConnell to do this. I'm glad he is doing it. You can't justify going back to the states and let's face it we work the states we talk to our constituents but we've have work to do here and so I'm really glad the leader decided to do that. (10:11)
On the Senate race in his home state, Wisconsin: Tammy Baldwin should be one term senator. We've got two good Senate candidates. Don't criticize the other talk about yourself and your plans and how you defeat Tammy Baldwin. if they do that they could be merged pretty strong enough and ride to (12:30)