A day after Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blocked Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s effort to pass a right-to-try bill, the Johnson campaign went on the attack over the issue.
In a statement Thursday, a Johnson spokesman criticized Reid and called on Johnson’s challenger, Democrat Russ Feingold to weigh in on the proposed legislation that would allow terminally-ill patients to receive experimental drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
“After 34 years as a career politician, Senator Feingold is used to saying one thing and doing another,” said Johnson spokesman, Will Allison.
“But who does he side with: Wisconsinites looking for a glimmer of hope as they battle a life-threatening illness? Or Harry Reid, one of Senator Feingold’s ‘favorite people,’ who just played cynical partisan games with the health of Wisconsinites desperate for help?”
On Wednesday, Johnson sought to push the bill through the Senate by unanimous consent, meaning one senator could block the measure.
Reid said Johnson’s bill, co-sponsored by 42 Republicans and two Democrats, didn’t have bipartisan support and didn’t go through the proper hearing process. The Johnson-chaired Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs panel held two hearings on the subject.