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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the House Democrats’ decision to block H.R. 5247, the Right to Try Act:

“By rejecting this bill, House Democrats have tried to strip hope away from those who need it the most. These are people like young Jordan McLinn who, in his battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was told he couldn’t have access to medication that might save his life. But Jordan and his devoted mother, Laura, did not give up hope. They and so many other people won’t give up hope now either.

“For people who face terminal illnesses and a future of succumbing to their illness on the one hand or the hope of a cure on the other, we cannot let bureaucratic hurdles be the only obstacle holding them back. Their desire to live and to beat the odds is more important than checking all the boxes. Americans are great not because of bureaucracy, but because when others say the future is hopeless, we never give up hope. We are great because when others give up, we try and try again. The House will not let this be the end. We will try again, pass legislation, and bring hope to those whose only desire is the right to try to live.”