Democrats Block House Vote on Trump-Backed “Right-To-Try” Drug Bill

(From Politico)

House Republicans failed Tuesday evening to pass a “right-to-try” bill that would give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs without FDA authorization after failing to muster enough votes to approve it through an expedited process.

The 259-140 vote fell short of the necessary two-thirds support from the House chamber. The failed vote is a setback for President Donald Trump, who called on Congress to approve the bill in his State of the Union address six weeks ago, and a small libertarian think tank that has been the driving force behind the effort.

House Democrats who largely opposed the measure had questioned whether the bill would help patients, and they criticized GOP leaders for bringing the bill to a floor vote without going through committee first.

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