Senate Passes 'Right-to-Try' Bill by Unanimous Consent
- via Fox News

The Senate approved a bill by unanimous consent Thursday that allows terminally ill patients across the nation to request access to experimental medicines without Food and Drug Administration approval.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., introduced the 'right-to-try' legislation, which drew support from the White House earlier this year. It would authorize patients diagnosed with life-ending illnesses to use unapproved medications—so long as they have undergone early testing on humans and are under continual evaluation. Patients also would have to have tried other treatment options.

“The Senate took a strong stand in support of the millions of Americans and their families suffering from terminal illness,” Johnson said in a statement Thursday. “Patients with terminal diseases ought to have a right to access treatments that have demonstrated a level of safety and could potentially save their lives.” Read more here...

Moderates Killed ObamaCare repeal — Will They Kill Other Conservati...
- by Adam Brandon via The Hill

Republican moderates in the Senate killed ObamaCare repeal. Many conservatives, who are anxious to get big policy wins on the scoreboard this year, are beginning to wonder if the Republican majority will ever get its act together.

While Republican moderates constantly tried to extort more money from leadership to get their votes, conservatives like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) made concession after concession, finally getting only a watered down version of the Consumer Freedom Option, which would let Americans on the non-group market opt-out of ObamaCare.

The conservative senators who have been the target of so much criticism for simply believing that Republicans should do what they said they were going to do came through last week. The moderates, who never fail to let down conservatives, once again proved themselves to be utterly worthless at passing meaningful legislation. Read more here...

FreedomWorks' Book Club Spotlight: "Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think" by Ken Buck

In "Drain the Swamp," Congressman Ken Buck is blowing the whistle on the real-life House of Cards in Washington. Votes going to the highest bidder, lavish parties, ruthless arm-twisting, and so much more. Read about the real side of Washington that you only hear about in the latest Hollywood political drama. Get your copy here...

The Weekly Fix: The Best Part-Time Job in America
- by Adam Brandon

The fix is in. Did you know, Congress only works 33 percent of the year?

The base salary for all rank-and-file members of Congress is $174,000, more than triple the median household income of the United States. In exchange for that generous salary, members of Congress work one out of three days.

The House of Representatives was in session for only 18 hours a week in 2013. Members worked only 130 days in 2015. In case you needed more evidence that Congress doesn’t earn its salary, consider this: House and Senate members only worked eight days in April. Read more here...

ALEC-FreedomWorks Legislator of the Week
- via ALEC

Senator Kim Thatcher is a long-time Oregonian joining the Oregon State House of Representatives in 2004. She is currently serving her first term representing the 13th Senate District in Oregon and resides in Keizer, OR with her husband, Karl, and her teenage son. She is the mother of four, and grandmother of five. Sen. Thatcher is an avid contributor to her community as a church volunteer, Cubmaster, and member of three Chambers of Commerce.

She works most frequently on crime and law enforcement and government transparency bills. In addition to her legislative work, Sen. Thatcher is Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee and a member of the Government Accountability Committee, and Joint Legislative Audits Committee. Read more here...

 

Incentives

Bryan Caplan explains one of the core truths of economics: people respond to incentives. Incentives drive the actions of buyers and sellers in markets, and where government policies go wrong is failing to adequately account for these incentive effects. This analysis shows why government planning fails, while markets succeed. Watch it here...


FreedomWorks Book Club Spotlight: "Written Out of History: The Forg...

In "Written Out of History," Senator Mike Lee tells the story of liberty's forgotten heroes. In this incredible book, you'll learn the true stories of founders such as Aaron Burr, Mercy Otis Warren, and Canasatego. Read about the limited government advocates that secured our liberties, and how they've been all but erased from history. Get your copy here...

Mark Meadows: If Tax Reform Isn't Signed by Thanksgiving, it Won't ...
- via Washington Examiner

Tax reform needs to be wrapped up by Thanksgiving, or else it won't get done, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus warned activists Wednesday. "If it doesn't get there by Thanksgiving, guys, it isn't going to happen," North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows told a group of Americans for Prosperity activists at Washington's Newseum.

Meadows, whose group has the influence to shape legislation in the House, expressed support for a supply-side version of tax reform that isn't meant to rely on support from Democrats.

The changes to the tax code should not be required to raise as much tax revenue as raised by the current tax system, he said. Rather, it should provide a net tax cut. Freedom Caucus members have backed the idea of reducing welfare spending to offset tax cuts. Read more here...



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