Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess


Burgess Supports Boehner's Invitation to Israeli Prime Minister


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, today issued the following statement on the invitation from House Speaker John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress next month:

“A strong and stable Israel is in the best interest of the United States, and we must and will do all we can to aid our longtime ally in fighting the dangerous threat of radical Islam. For that reason, I am fully supportive of Speaker Boehner’s invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu and I look forward to hearing him address the Congress in February. I also agree with the Speaker’s criticism of President Obama for threatening to veto sanctions against Iran for refusing to end its nuclear program. Failing to support our allies is a bad strategy and should never be an option.”

Proposed legislation that would sanction Iran in case negotiations to end its nuclear program fail has been supported by members of both parties, including Burgess. Burgess’ statement refers to a section of President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 21 in which he vowed to veto this legislation. The White House has criticized the Speaker’s invitation as a breach of protocol because he did not first consult the Obama administration. 

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Burgess Introduces Bill to Ensure DOD Has Sole Drone Strike Authority


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, today introduced legislation that would remove any authority the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) has to carry out drone strikes abroad and transfer that power solely to the Department of Defense (DOD).

The legislation, H.R. 466, is in response to the intelligence community’s practice of keeping drone strike authority within their purview and thus limiting the authority of the armed forces to carry out these missions.  

Burgess, who introduced identical legislation in the 113th Congress, said the best use of our CIA is to gather intelligence for the DOD’s use and not to act as a paramilitary organization with authority to conduct its own missions.

“The emphasis that the CIA has placed on carrying out drone strikes abroad dangerously blurs the lines of jurisdiction between it and the military,” Burgess said. “Acting as an arm of the military goes against the mission statement of the CIA, but worse, it could impair the agency’s ability to conduct its most vital undertaking, which is to gather intelligence.”

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Burgess Says Speeches by the President and Texas Governor are 'A Study in Contrasts'


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

This morning, I was in the audience in my home state of Texas as our new governor, Greg Abbott, delivered his inaugural address. This evening, I was in Washington as our president delivered his sixth State of the Union address. 

The marked differences in their speeches – and their approaches to governing – come as no surprise. On the one hand, Texas is an economic success story; on the other, the policies of this administration continue to present persistent headwinds to the vitality of the U.S. economy. 

Consider the contrasts: Governor Abbott pointed out that Texas is number one in job creation. President Obama still refuses to build the Keystone pipeline, which would create thousands of new jobs. 

Governor Abbot stressed that the government is the servant of the people, not the other way around. President Obama continues to dismiss the separation of powers and govern by executive order. 

Governor Abbott said Texans are tired of seeing our state sovereignty and the rule of law ignored by a federal government that refuses to secure our border. President Obama acted unilaterally to turn the Texas border from “porous” to “wide open,” endangering the lives of tens of thousands of innocent children in the process.

Governor Abbott said he will place a greater value on hiring excellent teachers in our schools. President Obama, by contrast, has a plan to spend billions of tax dollars to make community college free for all, thereby diminishing the value of good vocational jobs.

Governor Abbott described the rags-to-riches assent of successful Texans like Dan Duncan and Colleen Barrett. President Obama described his plan to issue even more government handouts, thereby removing the dignity that comes from hard work and the hope to one day achieve more than we are born with. 

Governor Abbott ended his speech by saying that even the future is bigger in Texas. Under the policies of President Obama, all that is bigger are our taxes, our deficit and our ideological differences. Until the Obama administration adopts the “Texas model” of economic governance, we can only expect more of the same.

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Burgess Introduces Medical Testing Availability Act


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow manufacturers of “Research Use Only” products without over-burdensome regulation from the Food and Drug Administration. The bill was co-authored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA). 

The Medical Testing Availability Act, H.R. 298, would prohibit the implementation of previously proposed regulatory changes to medical testing products the FDA designated for “Research Use Only.” The bill would enshrine in law correct practice allowing communications among customer service and technical support entities between the drug or testing product’s manufacturer and the user of the product on “Research Use Only” materials.

“Incredible advances in personalized medicine hold great potential for patients and healthcare providers to detect, diagnose and treat disease,” Burgess said. “But physicians and medical professionals must be able to access them in order to provide the best care for their patients. Our bill is an important step towards improving medical innovation in the United States and, ultimately, finding cures to ailments that affect thousands of Americans each year.” 

“This narrowly tailored bill strikes a clear balance between the important developments in personalized medicine and the rights of patients to safely explore new care options,” Speier said. “The potential for personalized medical care is limitless. With new technologies developed in many companies in my district, we are experiencing an information revolution in patient diagnostics. Every patient is an individual. By supporting this growing industry, we can ensure doctors of the future have access to the best information possible to treat their patients. I am proud to work with my colleague Congressman Burgess on this bipartisan effort.”

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Burgess Introduces Bill to Ensure Doctors Have Access to Educational Materials


Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today introduced bipartisan legislation to allow physicians full access to the most up-to-date educational materials like textbooks and journals so they may deliver the best care.

The Protect Continuing Physician Education and Patient Care Act, H.R. 293, is in response to the Physician Payment Sunshine Act’s unintended consequence of over-burdensome reporting requirements that made access to educational materials for physicians difficult to obtain. 

The Sunshine Act was intended to make payments to physicians more transparent. The bill, which was a part of the Affordable Care Act, included 12 specific exclusions from the reporting requirement in order to ensure that medical practices and patient care would not be harmed. But in recent rules, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determined that both continuing medical education events and the distribution of medical textbooks and peer-reviewed journals were subject to reporting, making them less accessible to physicians. 

This bill will minimize the negative impacts of the Sunshine Act by making these important materials exempt from reporting requirements. 

“As someone who practiced medicine for nearly 30 years, I can attest that the assessments, treatments and procedures I learned in medical school were outdated by the end of my career with new advances in medicine,” Burgess said. “As doctors, we are constantly studying new treatments and learning about new illnesses that did not exist even a few years ago. Without access to these materials, it could mean the difference between life and death of our patients. As a physician, I cannot allow that to happen. Our bill ensures it doesn’t have to.”

“This bipartisan bill is about putting patients first,” DeFazio said. “Our bill ensures the Sunshine Act won’t restrict a physician’s access to the latest medical research and training. This common sense fix is a win for America’s doctors and continuing medical education, but most importantly, for patients.”

The Protect Continuing Physician Education and Patient Care Act has been supported by 128 different organizations. 

“Specialty physicians depend on the latest medical journals and peer-reviewed data to ensure quality care and positive patient outcomes, Dr. Alex Valadka from the Alliance of Specialty Medicine said. “We thank Congressman Burgess for introducing legislation to ensure that the Affordable Care Act will not hamper access to independent educational materials, which clearly benefit the patients we treat.”

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Burgess Introduces Legislation to Further Understanding of Neurological Diseases


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve and enhance the understanding of neurological diseases, which afflict tens of thousands of new patients in the U.S. each year. 

The Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act, H.R. 292, co-sponsored by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), will guide the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in tracking the incidence and prevalence of neurological diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The information collected will provide a foundation for evaluating and understanding aspects of these diseases we currently do not have a good grasp of, such as the geography of diagnoses, variances in gender, disease burden and changes in health care practices among patients. According to Burgess, this new surveillance system could one day lead to a cure for these diseases.

“Because no national collecting system exists to gather data on disease and risk, geography and incidence, diet and relapse, we are hampered in our ability to understand these conditions and improve the lives of these patients,” Burgess said. “What this bill does is simple and long overdue: It organizes and analyzes important information that will lead to better treatment and even a cure for neurological diseases, which are so misunderstood, yet so prevalent in the U.S.”

“The Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act will help the CDC provide more accurate information to assist those who research and treat neurological diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease,” Van Hollen said. “I am proud to continue working with Congressman Burgess on this important legislation, which will provide a foundation for evaluating and understanding the occurrence of these diseases and improve the prospects for discovering cures.”

The bipartisan legislation has been endorsed by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Parkinson’s Action Network, among others. 

“We are encouraged by the potential this bill has to accelerate research for multiple sclerosis,” Cynthia Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, said. “Without basic data concerning the size and makeup of the MS population, our researchers are working at a distinct disadvantage because they have an incomplete picture of the disease. The additional information that this new data system would supply could point to new environmental triggers for the disease, which could lead to new treatment targets and a better understanding of the disease.”

“Having a national data collection system gathering critical information on who has Parkinson's disease would be a game changer,” Ted Thompson, CEO of the Parkinson's Action Network, said. “We have advocated for the federal government to engage in this area because researchers have long said that such a system will help ensure better and more effective research, better treatments, and better services for people living with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders. Our hope is that it would one day help contribute to ultimately finding a cure for Parkinson's.”

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Burgess Releases 2014 Annual Report


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, today released his 2014 Year-End Annual Report, a comprehensive document showcasing his legislative accomplishments, media presence, constituent services and correspondence with constituents in his North Texas district. 

Burgess, who has completed and released an annual report each year since 2009, said the reports are a way to reflect on the accomplishments from the past year, pinpoint areas for improvement and maintain his commitment to transparency with his constituents. 

“This year was a big one,” Burgess said. “Between the Ebola outbreak in our backyard to the thousands of unaccompanied minors on our border, we saw trying times this year in our home state. Our office was heavily involved in these and other issues in 2014, as evidenced by my involvement in committee hearings on these topics, letters I signed onto and legislation I introduced to get a handle on these crises. All of these documents and details are available in this year’s report.”

Burgess also highlighted a piece of legislation he authored that became law, the MD CARE Act, to improve care for patients with muscular dystrophy. 

“I believe this law will significantly improve the lives of patients with muscular dystrophy, and I am pleased that this bipartisan measure is now officially the law of the land.”

The report also includes a list of statistics of Burgess’ work in 2014, including:

• Authored and introduced 15 pieces of legislation
• Cosponsored 241 pieces of legislation
• Opened 434 cases on behalf of constituents
• Received and responded to more than 34,000 pieces of constituent correspondence
• Held or attended more than 400 events 
• Conducted 106 television interviews and 88 radio interviews

Click here to view the 2014 report. Click here to view past reports.  


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Burgess Statement on Iran Talks Extension


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today issued the following statement in reaction to news that talks to dismantle large parts of Iran's nuclear program were extended by another seven months:

"The world looks to the United States in moments of global uncertainty, and this most recent action -- or inaction -- by the Obama administration appears not only weak, but dangerous. Instead of making a strong statement against a country that is a threat to global peace and has a deplorable human rights record, this administration has showed weakness and fragility by offering a seven-month extension. Stability in this region is in the best interest of the United States and its allies. It is time we see strong leadership from the Obama administration, who should hold Iran accountable for its actions."

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Burgess Statement on President's Immigration Announcement


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s announcement that he will take executive action to unilaterally grant amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the United States:

“The president’s announcement comes at a curious time. I personally have a different perception of the urgency of this situation. Frankly, there is no evidence that the 11 million people currently living in the United States illegally are at immediate risk for deportation. In fact, the president’s comments earlier this year encouraged even more illegal and unsafe immigration that has put a terrible strain on our system in the state of Texas in particular and for the nation as a whole.

“But the timing is also peculiar considering that just weeks ago, the American people made clear that they are unhappy with the president’s policies, power grabs and disregard for the rule of law when they overwhelmingly elected Republicans to public office. 

“And finally, the president has had six years to work with Congress – including two years in which his party held the majority in both chambers of Congress – to introduce immigration reform in a constitutional and legal way. The simple truth is that he could not get this done then, so he is resorting to using executive power – which is by definition temporary – to shove this measure through. Not only is it bad policy, but it is unfair to the millions of people who are waiting in line to come to the Unites States legally. It is a further erosion of the Constitution and American legal system that the Obama administration has perpetuated time and time again.”

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Burgess to Serve as House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chairman in the 114th Congress


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today announced he will serve as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade (CMT) for the 114th Congress.

Burgess, a physician who served as vice-chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Oversight and Investigations and Health in the 113th Congress, said he is prepared and committed to serving the committee effectively in his new role.

“It is a privilege to serve on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, one of the hardest working and most successful committees in the House,” Burgess said. “Under the leadership of Chairman Upton, we have been able to accomplish many goals, including the launch of the 21st Century Cures initiative, the ‘Architecture of Abundance’ new vision for American energy, and have had a record of legislative success. During this Congress, our committee has seen 85 committee bills pass the House, 32 signed into law and 50 currently awaiting Senate action. These achievements have put us on a path towards even more success in the next Congress, and I am looking forward to doing everything I can as chairman of CMT to continue to that success.”

“The times in which we live are trying and the issues are complex,” Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said. "I have full faith that Chairman Burgess will do an excellent job leading efforts to create more American jobs, encourage manufacturing in the United States, protect consumers’ personal information and put an end to burdensome regulation and federal red tape that hurts the average American employer and family.”

“I came to Congress as a country doctor looking to work on issues that affected patients and medical practices across the country,”
Burgess added. “While my role in the House has expanded, I have not lost sight of the reasons I came to Washington years ago. I look forward to continuing that work and commitment in my role as chairman of the subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.”

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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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