Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess


Burgess proposes domestic prohibition of weaponized drones


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., introduced legislation Wednesday to prohibit the domestic use of weaponized unmanned aircraft systems. H.R.1939, the “No Armed Drones Act (NADA) of 2015,” prohibits the Secretary of Transportation from authorizing the use of drones as weapons against any person or property in the national airspace. 

“American citizens – past, present, and future – should never have to face the use of military tactics by agents of our justice system,” Burgess said. “ Our founders envisioned a society where citizens would be innocent until proven guilty, and wouldn’t be treated like suspected criminals while going about their everyday lives. Arming a surveillance drone for day-to-day law enforcement purposes clearly violates those ideals of liberty and must be banned.”
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Burgess demands IRS analysis of income tax fraud


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., today, requested that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) immediately address the recent spike in reported cases of income tax identification theft.  In a letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Rep. Burgess cited a significant rise in theft reports from his own congressional district and demanded that the IRS provide analysis on their fraud investigation procedures.

“Tax fraud is a growing problem that devastates families and places billions of taxpayer dollars into the hands of criminals,” Burgess said.  “The IRS is responsible for maintaining trustworthy stewardship of taxpayer data. If they want to rebuild public trust, the IRS must help Americans feel secure in the belief that they are safeguarding sensitive data and combating theft.”  

Income tax identification theft occurs when a thief files an income tax return using the Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security number of a legitimate taxpayer and claims a refund based on this stolen information. 

Each year, thousands of filed claims are subject to refund fraud. Last year alone, an estimated $5.8 billion was wrongly dispersed to identity thieves during the 2013 filing year.  Also concerning, is a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report stating that the IRS took an average of 278 days to resolve fraudulently impacted accounts.  
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Burgess hails Senate passage of permanent 'Doc Fix'


Washington, D.C. – After the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2, the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015,” last night, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., commended the 98-2 vote, which assertively repealed the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

“After more than a decade of uneven progress,  it’s almost overwhelming to think that more than 90 percent of Congress finally voted to repeal the SGR. With bipartisan strength, we passed the most meaningful entitlement reform in years with a product that’s a huge victory for seniors, providers, taxpayers, and the integrity of the entire Medicare system. 

“I’ve worked to resolve this issue my entire congressional career, and I extend my deepest thanks to everyone who played a part in making the burdensome SGR formula a relic of the past. May we never speak of it again.”

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Rep. Burgess applauds movement of Medicare reform, urges Senate action


Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D., this week, applauded the House of Representatives’ action to repeal the broken Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula – a calculation that unfairly reimburses Medicare providers at a disproportionately low rate. Further, he calls on the Senate to support the legislation for the long-term integrity of our Medicare system and savings for taxpayers. Read More

ICYMI: Fixing Medicare's provider payments


Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 3, 2015

At town-hall meetings and events across greater Fort Worth, seniors ask me repeatedly why they had to change doctors when they enrolled in Medicare. Doctors and care providers tell me that they simply cannot afford to continue caring for Medicare patients because they are threatened with reimbursements that fall short of service costs.

Simply put, The Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR) is the top culprit. 

I’ve been trying to repeal it ever since I came to Congress because – as a physician – I know first-hand how destructive this formula is to the doctor-patient relationship.

For background, SGR was approved by Congress in 1997 as an attempt to mitigate growing Medicare services. But, the formula proved uneven to the growth of the medical industry, highly unrealistic, and ultimately threatening to care providers’ ability to serve patients. 

Since 2003, Congress has continued scrapping together “patches” to soften this blow. This method creates never-ending uncertainty for providers and constantly threatens seniors’ access to care. These patches are a failed price control, a failed budget gimmick that hide the true cost of Medicare costs to the taxpayer, and will only get more expensive. 

This path is unsustainable.

But, there’s new hope.  After wasting time and taxpayer dollars re-hashing this issue 18 times since 2003, Congress is closer than ever to a permanent solution.

In a rare show of unity last week, the House of Representatives passed this legislation, ”The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act,” to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate and preserve the integrity of our Medicare system with an astounding 392 votes.

For elderly beneficiaries
This bill is all about access for seniors and the end of the annual threat to their care. Once SGR is repealed, the new system will streamline Medicare’s existing web of quality programs into a single framework. This will drastically improve payment accuracy and encourage physicians to adopt proven practices. Therefore, creating a more transparent system where doctors –not bureaucrats – are in charge.  

For doctors and other licensed care providers
Most importantly, my bill will finally stop the uncertainty of dramatic payment cuts. It enacts a 0.5 percent payment update for five years – bringing stability and longer term financial certainty to practices. 

Additionally, it includes provisions to incentivize the use of alternative payment models that encourage focus on coordination among providers and preventative services that improve quality and lower cost. 

For taxpayers
This bill points us back toward fiscal sanity, and is the first major entitlement reform in nearly 20 years. 
The non-partisan Congressional Budget office announced that this legislation will likely result in a net savings, because the cost of freezing Medicare’s payment rates would cost much more than this fix – to the tune of about one billion dollars.

The Senate must act now
For Washington, this is the first step toward real entitlement reforms in decades and ends years of irresponsible policies. For the elderly, it means a stronger overall Medicare system and, for taxpayers, it means honest accounting, real savings, and brings us closer to fiscal solvency.

If the Senate doesn’t act on this legislation when they reconvene in just less than two weeks, it means another year of instability for seniors and providers. Because the last patch expired on April 1, an automatic 21 percent pay cut for providers was triggered, which must now be fixed regardless. 

We’re closer than ever to putting this issue behind us and focusing on future reforms and I am proud to have done my part in this fight. But, this must be done, and I won’t stop working on this for seniors and providers until it is law.
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Rep. Burgess to join Texas Delegation members at Service Academies Forum


This Saturday, Representative Burgess will join Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, as well as Reps. Sam Johnson, John Ratcliffe, Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton, Kay Granger, Kenny Marchant, Roger Williams, John Carter, Pete Sessions, and Marc Veasey to help provide grade 8-12 students with the opportunity to learn more about our national service academies. 

North Texas U.S. Service Academies Forum

Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 CT (Registration at 7:30 a.m.) 

Lewisville High School
1098 W. Main St.
Lewisville, Texas 75067

Representatives from Congressional offices and all five academies (U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy), as well as current academy cadets and midshipmen will be in attendance. Interested North Texas students, parents and educators have been encouraged to meet face-to-face with these representatives to learn more about the possibilities associated with attending these institutions.

Other presenters include representatives from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC. The Forum is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required. 
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Burgess leads coalition to strengthen Medicare, urges Senate action


Today, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., oversaw the passage of his bill, H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, to repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replace it with a long-term sustainable plan. The agreement marks a critical advancement for entitlement reform, and is the result of intricate – long fought – efforts to promote higher quality care and access for seniors.

“This is the first step toward real, meaningful, entitlement reform,” Burgess said. “I have worked my entire congressional career to address this problem and, after years of uneven progress, we have finally taken this opportunity to do what is right for seniors, providers, and the American taxpayer.

“We just accomplished the unprecedented. Now, it’s time for the Senate to take action. I am optimistic that the Senate will see today’s work as a bellwether to prioritize this critical legislation and send it to the White House to be signed into law.”

Background: H.R. 2 repeals the fundamentally flawed SGR formula, which has forced 17 short-term costly patches over the past decade in order to prevent devastating Medicare reimbursement rate cuts. The formula will be replaced with a system focused on quality care and accountability. The plan will:

• Repeal the SGR and end the annual threat to seniors’ care, while instituting a 0.5% payment update each year for five years.
• Improve the fee-for-service system by streamlining Medicare’s existing web of quality programs into one value-based performance program. It increases payment accuracy and encourages physicians to adopt proven practices.
• Incentivize the use of alternative payment models to encourage doctors and providers to focus more on coordination and prevention to improve quality and reduce costs.
• Make Medicare more transparent by giving patients more access to information and supplying doctors with data they can use to improve care.

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Burgess Opening Statement: Data Security and Breach Notification Act


Good morning and welcome to the Subcommittee’s first markup of the 114th Congress. 

In January, we heard testimony about the key elements of sound data security and breach notification legislation. Last week, we heard from a wide variety of stakeholders about this discussion draft.  Now we move further into the legislative process with today’s Subcommittee markup. 

I am very pleased with the bipartisan progress shown by my colleagues, Vice Chairman of the full Committee Congressman Blackburn and Congressman Welch announcing this draft legislation.  I would also like to recognize Congressman Loebsack for joining in this effort.  This Subcommittee has a history of bipartisan cooperation demonstrated by the work Congressman Barton and Congressman Rush have also put into this issue over the years.  

Finding a workable bipartisan compromise that can become law has been elusive.  But I believe that by focusing on how the criminals make their money we can work together and achieve a workable solution for the millions of Americans impacted by identity theft and financial fraud.  

Perfect cannot be the enemy of the good.  And we must ensure that there are meaningful consumer protections in this draft.  Among them, we must protect consumers from the annul $100 billion bill they pay each year in higher fees and prices.  And cybercrime is estimated to cost Americans 508,000 jobs annually.  Oh to have a bill with so many jobs to show our constituents.  

Some folks will complain about what is not in the bill.  But we choose to learn from Congress’ failures of the last ten years.  If we want to actually pass legislation we cannot future proof this bill.  We cannot shade into areas such as privacy.  This Administration and our minority colleagues have had six years and they still can’t agree on how to address privacy. 

On the topic of privacy – let me reiterate – while we don’t tackle privacy we don’t preempt privacy either.  This bill is focused on unauthorized access that leads to identity theft and financial fraud.  It has nothing to do with permitted access, or when that permission can be given, or what data can be collected. 

I look forward to continuing the bipartisan and good faith negotiations with all interested stakeholders.  Our doors remain open.  We will have a full-committee mark-up and I hope that some Members will hold their issues until then so that we can work to address as many concerns as possible and achieve as broad a compromise as possible. 
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Burgess applauds House solidarity with Ukraine


After the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Obama to provide Ukraine with military assistance yesterday, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., issued the following statement: 

"The sovereignty of Ukraine must be defended for the for the territorial integrity of the region." Burgess said. "Let today's vote be a signal to the Russian Federation that their unprovoked and senseless aggression against the Ukrainian people must cease."  Read More

Burgess introduces bill to repeal SGR formula, preserve Medicare integrity



Congressman Michael C. Burgess today, introduced H.R. 1470, the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015,” which repeals the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replaces it with a long-term sustainable plan.  The bipartisan bill is an important advancement in long-fought efforts to comprehensively reform the Medicare system in order to promote higher quality care for seniors, physicians, and providers.

The legislation will prevent harmful cuts to Medicare providers that threaten seniors’ access to care. Ultimately, the agreement will preserve Medicare’s integrity by putting an end to costly year-by-year “patches,” and provide reassurance to seniors with access to quality care they deserve.

“As a doctor, I know first-hand just how destructive the SGR formula has been to America’s seniors and their providers,” Burgess said.  “Finally, after unparalleled progress in recent years, both sides of the aisle have begun to understand that the long-term solvency of our Medicare system depends on taking this fight head-on together.

“Permanently repealing the SGR puts medical experts back in charge of measuring quality care, stamps out unnecessary barriers between seniors and their doctors, and begins to address the single largest driver of our debt.  This is a clear opportunity to do what is right for the American people, and a paramount first step toward accomplishing real – meaningful – entitlement reforms.”

The bill was introduced by a bipartisan coalition consisting of Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D (R-TX), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Jim McDermott (D-WA).


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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

Carroll Senior High School


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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2336 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-7772
Fax 202-225-2919

Committee Assignments

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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