Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess


Burgess Statement on Paris Attacks


Washington, D.C. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the Paris attacks and the admission of Syrian refugees into the United States:

“I extend my sincerest condolences and prayers to all the victims and families impacted by last week’s horrific attacks in Paris. Regrettably, the tragedy in Paris has illustrated for the rest of the world what happens when would-be terrorists believe they can enter a country undetected.

“While President Obama is attempting a fragmented strategy to combat ISIS, the rest of the world is coming together to eliminate this threat. This is not the time to let our guard down.

“Thus, I vehemently oppose the admission of Syrian refugees into the United States without a more substantial vetting process. I stand firmly behind Texas Governor Abbott and his decision that the state of Texas will refuse any incoming Syrian refugees. Following the Paris attacks, it is clear that the U.S. lacks a comprehensive procedure to perform adequate and thorough background checks on refugees—opening our borders and citizens up to real danger.

“There is no single entity in charge of coordinating the refugee admittance process—the process for refugee applicants is split between at least five different federal agencies. This lack of accountability only increases vulnerability. We must do all we can to ensure the safety of American citizens.”  

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Burgess Honors Local Veterans


Pictured left to right: Andre “Frenchy” Rheault, Forrest Beadle, Jack Bailey, Congressman Michael Burgess, Doug Brown, Gary Steele

Highland Village, TX – This week, U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Lewisville) recognized the five veterans who received this year’s 26th District Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC).  The CVC was created in 2005 to honor the distinguished living veterans of Texas’ 26th Congressional District.  Nominations were received from the community, veterans’ organizations and civic groups.

This year’s commendations were presented at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon sponsored by the Highland Village Business Association and the City of Highland Village. The five recipients of this year’s Congressional Veteran Commendation are:

Jack Bailey - Flower Mound
(Major - US Army/Commander - U.S. Navy)  

Forrest Beadle - Denton
(Captain - U.S. Army)

Doug Brown - Flower Mound
(Chief Warrant Officer - U.S. Army)

Andre “Frenchy” Rheault - Denton
(Master Sergeant - U.S. Air Force)         

Gary Steele - Denton
Senior Master Sergeant - U.S. Air Force               

“Five extraordinary individuals were selected to receive the 2015 Congressional Veteran Commendation,” said Rep. Burgess.  “They served in the Armed Forces of the United States with distinction and continued their dedication to the nation by striving tirelessly on behalf of their fellow veterans and serving the people in their communities.”

“While we have singled out these veterans for recognition, I want to extend my deepest appreciation to all veterans for your service to the United States of America,” Rep. Burgess remarked to the approximate 300 luncheon attendees.  

Congressman Burgess also provided each Vietnam War veteran in attendance with a special 50th anniversary commemorative lapel pin.  Rep. Burgess read the embossed message on the reverse of the pin to the audience, “A Grateful Nation Thanks and Honors You.” “On behalf of the citizens of the 26th District we do indeed express our gratitude to you for your service and extend a welcome home.”

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Burgess Statement on Retirement of Chairman Joe Pitts


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the retirement of Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA):

“I am grateful to Chairman Pitts for his dedicated service and his role as a leader in healthcare policy. During his chairmanship, we saw some of the greatest healthcare reforms. Joe led the subcommittee to pass more bipartisan bills into law than any other committee in the last two sessions of Congress, and he was a strong ally in repealing and replacing the SGR, which put medical professionals back in charge of measuring quality care and addressed one of the largest drivers of our nation’s debt.  

There is still much work ahead of us in the next year and I look forward to working with Chairman Pitts to see it through. I don’t doubt that he leaves big shoes to fill. I wish him and his wife the absolute best on the next chapter.”

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Burgess Statement on President's Rejection of Keystone Pipeline


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the President’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline:

“This news is not surprising. If President Obama wanted to approve it he had multiple opportunities to do so. This is all part of his political games. His excuses for rejecting this pro-job and pro-growth project are unsupported. The State Department, under both Secretaries Clinton and Kerry, has conducted five reviews, which show the Keystone XL pipeline is in the best interest for our economy, the environment, and national security. I do think this outcome is unfortunate, because a portion of the pipeline has already been built through Texas. However—in less than a year, we will have elected a new president and we must hope that it is someone that isn’t as politically motivated and strategically short sighted as our current president.”



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Burgess Statement on Selection of Kevin Brady as Ways and Means Chairman


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the selection of fellow Texan Kevin Brady as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee:

“In this new era of leadership, I can think of no better candidate than Kevin to advance a pro-conservative and pro-growth agenda in the House of Representatives as Ways and Means Committee Chairman. He has actively communicated his commitment to advancing tax reform, replacing ObamaCare and expanding global trade. Kevin is a true conservative and fiscal leader, exemplifying everything that it means to be part of the Texas delegation, the largest Republican delegation in the House of Representatives.”

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Burgess Statement on Unjust Arrest of Siamak Namazi


Washington, D.C. –Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the unjustified arrest of Iranian-American Siamak Namazi by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps:  

“The unjust arrest and detainment of Iranian-American Siamak Namazi is the latest demonstration of Iran’s contempt for America. This follows quickly on the heels of the country’s joint military operations with Russia in Syria to sustain President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of corruption. Actions such as these are clear indicators that the Iranian regime has no intentions of adhering in good faith to the terms of President Obama’s nuclear agreement.

“Just weeks ago President Obama bypassed Congress negotiating a bad deal with Iran that lifts billions of dollars’ worth of sanctions and falls silent on the fate of the now five Americans that are being held unjustly in Iran.

“As Iran’s actions of contempt continue to escalate, I fear what must happen for the Administration and Secretary Kerry to reevaluate the gift that they provided to an untrustworthy Iran.”  Read More

Burgess Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the introduction of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

“I oppose the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 and the process by which House and Senate leadership negotiated the American people’s business. This should have included the entire Republican conference and should not have occurred solely behind closed doors.

I cannot support a budget deal that turns off the sequester and its mandatory spending cuts—critical for budget reform—while also suspending the debt limit for two years. This provides President Obama with a blank checkbook to indiscriminately rack up more debt that will have to be dealt with long after he vacates the White House. Unlike the spending that goes into effect immediately, the projected $75.6 billion in deficit reductions will not be felt for years to come, if ever. With our Nation’s deficit and debt on a trajectory to become increasingly more cripplingly and unsustainable, a backroom deal like this is simply unacceptable.” Read More

Burgess Introduces Legislation to Modernize CBO Scoring


Washington, D.C. - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade today introduced bipartisan legislation H.R. 3660 with Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO) that would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to analyze scientific medical data to provide information on the savings of preventive health initiatives beyond the traditional 10-year scoring window.

The bill, known as the Preventive Health Savings Act of 2015, aims to modernize the way CBO scores preventive health legislation, allowing for a longer “scoring” window in which to assess the long-term health savings that are possible from preventive health initiatives. 

“Minimizing the cost of a significant and complex problem such as chronic disease is not an easy or quick endeavor,”
said Rep. Burgess. “Allowing the CBO to analyze scientific data, and having the ability to provide projects past the ten year scoring window will provide a more accurate projection for programs with children and other populations or diseases with longer development periods. This legislation is a responsible approach and will ensure that the government calculates the savings of preventative health.”

“Preventive care is essential to keep Americans healthy and drive down unnecessary spending,” said Rep. DeGette. “Our laws prevent health care spending projections from taking into account long-term savings. It’s time we allow the CBO to make decisions based on science and informed by long term cost projections. I look forward to continuing this bipartisan work that will save money and keep Americans healthy.”

“To address a chronic disease escalation that threatens to affect our society and economy for the next several decades, we need long-term thinking that transcends the way Congress traditionally thinks about policy and budgets. Innovations that can prevent illness and improve population health for generations shouldn’t be stymied by an arbitrary 10-year budget window. The Preventive Health Savings Act will grant lawmakers the flexibility to combat cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other devastating conditions,” said Mary R. Grealy, President of the Healthcare Leadership Council.

This legislation is supported by: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Alliance for Aging Research, Allscripts, Alzheimer’s Association, America’s Essential Hospitals, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Clinical Laboratory Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American College of Radiology, American Council on Exercise, American Diabetes Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Podiatric Medical Association, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, Amgen, Ascension Health, athenahealth, BioReference Laboratories, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Boehringer Ingelheim, Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund, Cancer Support Community, Cardinal Health, Cleveland Clinic, Council for Affordable Health Coverage, Dialysis Patient Citizens, Eisai, Endocrine Society, Healthcare Leadership Council, Healthways, IHRSA: International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, Indiana University Health, Johnson & Johnson, Marshfield Clinic, McKesson Corporation, Medtronic, MemorialCare Health System, Merck, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National Business Coalition on Health, National Business Group on Health, National Retail Federation, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Obesity Action Coalition, Omada Health, Partnership for Prevention, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, Pfizer, Population Health Alliance, Premier healthcare alliance, Prescriptions for a Healthy America, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Rite Aid, Sanofi US, SCAN Health Plan, Society for Women’s Health Research, Sports & Fitness Industry Association, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Texas Health Resources, The Endocrine Society, The Obesity Society, Third Way, VHA Inc., VNAA, VSP Vision Care, Weight Watchers, Women Heart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and YMCA of the USA.

To download the PDF of the legislation click here.
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Burgess Reintroduces The Gestational Diabetes Act on National Women's Health and Fitness Day


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, with Congressman Eliot Engel (NY-16) today reintroduced the Gestational Diabetes (GEDI) Act of 2015, a bill aimed at lowering the incidences of gestational diabetes and the development of Type 2 diabetes in women and children.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), as many as 9.2 percent of all pregnancies in the United States are affected by gestational diabetes, a condition in which pregnant women who have never had diabetes before experience high blood glucose (sugar) levels and are no longer able to make and use the insulin needed during the pregnancy. This condition can lead to health issues for the unborn child, including macrosomia and breathing problems. In addition, women who are afflicted with gestational diabetes and their children are at elevated risk of developing Type 2 diabetes post-pregnancy.   

The GEDI Act, which is supported by the ADA and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) seeks to improve gestational diabetes treatments and outcomes by:

- Developing a multi-site gestational diabetes research project with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to enhance surveillance and public health research on gestational diabetes.
- Providing grants to reduce the incidence of gestational diabetes.
- Expanding basic, clinical and public health research focused on investigating gestational diabetes and available treatments and therapies. 
“During my over 30 years as a practicing obstetrician, I witnessed many women suffer from gestational diabetes and later develop Type 2 diabetes. Congress must pay attention to the growing rate of gestational diabetes—an issue that has been ignored for far too long,” said Congressman Burgess. "The fight against diabetes is a bipartisan fight and I look forward to working with Congressman Engel again on this legislation to increase preventative measures aimed at slowing the incidence of gestational diabetes.”

“Gestational diabetes is a condition that can carry very serious health consequences for not only unborn children, but their mothers as well,” Congressman Engel said. “We need to be more proactive in detecting, treating, and reducing the number of GEDI cases. However, until we have expanded federal support in those areas, advances in the GEDI field will be difficult to attain.”

“I am proud to reintroduce this important, bipartisan bill with Congressman Burgess, and I implore my colleagues to stand with us in the fight against gestational diabetes.” 

“Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), one of the most common clinical issues facing obstetricians and our patients, can have serious consequences for both mother and baby. ACOG is proud to support the critically important GEDI Act, which would provide crucial funding for both research and community education to help us fight back against this condition.  Thank you, Representatives Burgess and Engel, for your commitment to ensuring healthy moms and healthy babies,” said ACOG Executive Vice President Hal C. Lawrence III, MD. 

The Institute of Medicine recommends all pregnant women be screened for gestational diabetes between weeks 24-28 of a pregnancy. Women who are deemed at risk should also be screened at their first prenatal visit. Although the majority of gestational diabetes cases do not continue postpartum, cases that are left untreated during the pregnancy could increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes in both mother and child.

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Burgess Leads Letter to HHS on Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Policy


Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26),  Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, with colleagues Congressmen Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) and Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07), led a bipartisan letter to Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Burwell in support of the regulatory framework outlined in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule to implement imaging appropriate use criteria (AUC) requirements within Medicare. 

The letter notes that the signatories, of which include a number of physicians and those with a background in medicine, are “strongly supportive of ensuring that physicians are armed with evidence-based tools to aid in diagnostic decision making.”

Further, the letter states that guidelines that are not developed by clinicians, providers or national medical professional societies, “do not rely upon the same rigorous development process and, therefore, are more reflective of consensus of medical opinions rather than rooted in clinical evidence."

A full copy of the letter to Secretary Burwell can be found here.
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Denton Medicare Town Hall


Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Denton Medicare Town Hall 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Denton Senior Center Bell Avenue Read More

Lewisville Medicare Town Hall


Medicare Town Hall Meeting Saturday, July 10, 2004 “Please join me for my town hall meeting on the improvements to Medicare and the new prescription drug benefit and ask questions about the program.” ~Rep. Michael Burgess Lewisville Medicare Town Hall 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Lewisville Community Room 1197 West Main Street Read More

Trophy Club July 4th Parade


Event: Trophy Club July 4th Parade Date: Sunday, July 4, 2004 Time: 12:00 PM CST for line-up, Parade starts at 12:30 PM CST. Place: 101 Trophy Lake Dr., Trophy Club, TX 76262 (behind Tom Thumb) Read More

The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade


Event: The Colony 22nd Annual Independence Day Parade Date: Saturday, July 3, 2004 Time: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM Place: 5151 North Colony Blvd., The Colony, TX (Little League Field) Read More

American College of Surgeons Leadership Conference


Medicare Town Hall


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) today announced he is hosting an information session next Monday for senior citizens residents of the 26th District to learn more about the new Medicare law and the newly-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that start on June 1, 2004. Joining Dr. Burgess will be Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Tim Trysla. Congressman Burgess’ Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card Forum will be held on Monday, May 3rd from 11:00 a.m.-12 noon at the Brookside Center. The Center is located at 1244 Brookside Center in Hurst, Texas. Monday, May 3rd was the first day under the new Medicare law that seniors can begin enrolling in Medicare-approved drug discount cards. June 1st is when seniors can begin using the new cards and start saving on their prescription medications. “I am proud that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are partnering with my Congressional office for this important and informative session to help our local seniors learn more about affordable health care options under Medicare, particularly the new Medicare-approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards that hit the streets on June 1st,” Rep. Michael Burgess stated. “The more senior citizens and their families learn about the new Medicare law and its new benefits, the better off they will be in meeting their individual health care needs.” Medicare Drug Discount Card Forum Monday, May 3rd from 11 a.m.-12 noon The Brookside Center 1244 Brookside Center, Hurst, Texas Public inquiries about the forum should be directed toward Janice Zimmerman in Congressman Burgess’ Lewisville Office at (972) 434-9700. Media questions should be directed toward Michelle Stein at (202) 225-7772. Read More

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Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center


Speak to Trinity Christian Government Class


Art Contest Reception


2004 Artistic Discovery Competition “Artistic Discovery” is the annual nationwide Congressional High School Art Competition initiated by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Each Congressional District hosts its own competition, and since the competition was first launched in 1982, over 5000 local contests have been conducted. The Twenty-Sixth District Congressional Art Competition is open to students residing and attending public and private high schools in the 26th District. The Greater Denton Arts Council will co-sponsor the exhibition. First prize in the competition is the display of the winning student’s artwork in the United States Capitol complex for an entire year. Thousands of people visiting the nation’s capitol, as well as Members of Congress and their staffs, will be able to walk through the display area, viewing artwork from Congressional districts throughout the country—each piece highlighted with the name of the work and student artist. Student artisans will have their works judged by a professional art educator chosen by the Greater Denton Arts Council. Competition participants, their parents, teachers, school administrators and local officials will be invited to attend a reception with Congressman Burgess to view all the entries on display at the Visual Arts Center in Denton. All the participants will be honored at a recognition ceremony during the reception, and the first place winner and honorable mentions will be announced. Up to six honorable mention entries will be chosen; each will be displayed in the 26th Congressional District office for the upcoming year. The first place winner and one guest will be invited to the nation’s capital in June to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony and gala reception opening the 2004 “Artistic Discovery” exhibition and honoring the winning artists from all over the country. They will be able to view their artwork, as it will be displayed for the upcoming year. The cost of the attending the ceremony is the responsibility of the competition winner. The winners will celebrate with Congressman Burgess at this reception. Read More

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Energy and Commerce


After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.

I currently serve on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee and in the 113th Congress, 2013 and 2014, will serve as the Vice Chairman of both the Subcommittee on Health and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and as a member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee. In addition, I am a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission. In 2009, I founded, and currently serve as Co-Chair of the Congressional Health Caucus.

Because of my medical background, I have been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. I have played an important role in bipartisan efforts to ensure the safety of food, drugs, and consumer products, and have introduced legislation to strengthen our ability to stop dangerous products from coming into the country.

As a Member of Congress representing one of the fastest growing areas of the country, transportation is also a top priority. In 2005, I successfully amended the Highway Bill to include development credits, design-build, and environmental streamlining. During my time on Capitol Hill, I have worked to build, maintain, and improve the safety of our roads, bridges, air service, and transit in the North Texas region.

A fiscal conservative, I believe Americans deserve a federal government that is more efficient, effective, less costly, and always transparent. I follow a strict adherence to the Constitution, and oppose unnecessary expansion of the federal government’s control over Americans’ personal freedoms. Instead, I believe in giving people more control over their lives and their money.

During my time on Capitol Hill, I have earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and have received several awards including: the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others.

Today, I represent the majority of Denton County, and parts of Dallas County and Tarrant County. I was raised in Denton, and attended The Selwyn School, graduating in 1968 as valedictorian. In addition, I graduated with both an undergraduate and a master’s degree from North Texas State University, now the University of North Texas.

I received my M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and completed my residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. I also received a master’s degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at   Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.

My wife, Laura, and I have been married for 39 years. We have three children and two grandsons.

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