Michael Burgess

Michael Burgess


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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Burgess: 'We Must Speak With Humility When Discussing Ebola'


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), vice-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, today delivered the following statement, as prepared for delivery, at a hearing titled, “Update on the U.S. Public Health Response to the Ebola Outbreak”:

“This Ebola epidemic will surely go down in history as one of the most serious public health crises of the last several hundred years.

“At our last hearing, we had a lot to discuss. Overall, we failed in our response to the Ebola crisis. Communication was lacking, systems of protocol broke down, and provisions were never in place to deal with this crisis to begin with. We know better than to let this happen again. This summer’s emergency only emphasized that we must speak with humility when discussing Ebola. 

“As a physician, one of my biggest concerns over the last six months or so was the safety and protection of health workers. I could not – and still do not – understand why health workers on the front lines of the epidemic in Africa were so much better protected than the nurses and doctors who treated Ebola patients in the United States. It is not only vital to contain the Ebola virus wherever it may be, but we must also ensure we are doing all we can to protect those who are serving these very sick and contagious patients. Until it is in your back yard as it was in mine in Texas, it is hard to comprehend the depth of the issue at hand. 

“I commend Dr. Frieden, the CDC and the other members of the panel for making yourselves available to the Congress so we may discuss policies that better protect the American public from infectious diseases like Ebola. I thank all of our witnesses for being here today. 

“It is my hope that we continue to make progress in this fight. Today’s hearing is another good start. We must examine the response plan, protocol, U.S. guidelines, travel restriction policies, budget for dealing with this crisis and protective gear and proper precautions for health workers. But finally, we must also take great care to closely follow the epidemic in West Africa, as it is only a matter of time before another patient walks through the doors of an unsuspecting U.S. hospital.

“When – not if – that happens, we must be prepared.”

More information on today's hearing may be found here

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Burgess Honors Local Veterans


Highland Village, TX – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) on Tuesday recognized five veterans who received this year’s 26th District Congressional Veteran Commendation (CVC) at a luncheon in Highland Village. 

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.

“Five extraordinary individuals were selected to receive the 2014 Congressional Veteran Commendation,” Burgess said. “They served in the Armed Forces of the United States with distinction and continued their dedication to the nation by working tirelessly on behalf of their fellow veterans and serving the people in their communities.” 

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:

Charles Correll (Colonel - U.S. Air Force) of Denton
Peter Lane (Colonel - U.S. Air Force) of Denton
Jack Milligan (Lieutenant Colonel  - U.S. Army) of Highland Village
Pat Smith (Colonel - U.S. Air Force) of Denton
William Splichal (Chief Warrant Officer 4 - U.S. Army) of Trophy Club

“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,” Burgess remarked to the approximate 300 luncheon attendees. “On behalf of the citizens of the 26th District and of a grateful nation, we are forever in your debt.”

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Burgess: 'I Want to Make Sure We Are Doing Everything in Our Power to Stop Ebola'


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), vice-chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, today delivered the following opening statement at a hearing to examine the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, which has afflicted three people at a hospital just 35 miles from Burgess’ North Texas Congressional district:

America’s response to the Ebola Virus Disease is not a political issue. This is a public health crisis and a dire one at that. The frightening truth is that we cannot guarantee the safety of our health care workers on the front lines of response. 

In West Africa, there have been 416 healthcare workers who have contracted Ebola. 233 of them have died. That is a 56% mortality rate. 

As of today, two health care workers contracted Ebola in the United States. According to the CDC, they were exposed to the virus before Mr. Duncan, Patient Zero, was diagnosed. In turn, the focus must now be on preparedness for hospitals around the country. 

Indeed, we must learn from the current situation at Texas Presbyterian and use any information we can gather to help better prepare other hospitals around the country. 

We are here today because we need answers to our questions about both the CDC’s and the Administration’s flawed responses. While I believe the CDC had protocols in place, it seems to me there was a breakdown in the communication between the CDC and hospitals around the country.   

This past August, the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security issued a report on personal protective equipment and antiviral medical countermeasures. 

They found that, and I quote, “The Department of Homeland Security did not adequately conduct a needs assessment prior to purchasing pandemic preparedness supplies and then did not effectively manage its stockpile of pandemic PPE and antiviral medical countermeasures.” This illustrates just how unprepared we may still be.

Drugs companies are stating that they will have basic information on the efficacy of their drugs and vaccines by the end of the year. The end of the year is too late. We have been actively funding research on vaccinations and drug treatments for over a decade, but now the time to perform is now. When will these protocols be expedited?

Relevant agencies have the statutory authority to quarantine and isolate individuals who are infected with or carrying an infectious communicable disease. 

Secretary Burwell has this authority which is enumerated in the Public Health Service Act. When will this authority be used?
Numerous laws have been passed in the past decade to better prepare us for an outbreak of infectious illness, to increase coordination, and to fast- track drug development. The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Dr. Lurie, has been notably absent. 

I have a long-standing relationship with Texas Presbyterian. This crisis is in my back yard. I want to make sure we are doing everything in our power to stop Ebola.

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Congressman Burgess Statement on the Death of Texas Ebola Patient


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today issued the following statement after officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital confirmed the death of Thomas Eric Duncan:

“I am saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Duncan, the Texas Presbyterian patient in Dallas who had been fighting Ebola. This is a reminder of the dangerous and deadly nature of this disease. It also underscores why everyone involved in the Ebola response, both at home and abroad, must remain vigilant when it comes to rigorous infection control and exposure protocol.”


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Suspicion Confirmed: Patient Tested Positive for Ebola in Dallas


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today issued the following statement after officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas, just 35 miles from Burgess’ North Texas Congressional district:

“Unfortunately, the inevitable has occurred. In this global age in which we live, this type of spread was very likely with an epidemic of this size and scope. The scale of this outbreak is unprecedented. More than 6,000 people are confirmed to be infected, and this number is known to be greatly underreported. While our country’s infection control capabilities and isolation techniques to contain the virus are strong, the seriousness of this virus and the ease with which it may be contracted makes intense vigilance in the monitoring of local contacts critical. 

“As a physician, I was concerned by this long before it was front page news and received numerous briefings with those tacking the outbreak, including the director of the CDC. I am concerned in particular with the disproportionate number of health care workers who were infected with this disease by working on the front lines. I was fully briefed on this specific situation just moments after the news broke, and I will remain in close contact with officials there in the coming weeks and months. 

“This is a grave situation that requires all hands on deck.”  

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Burgess' MD CARE Act Signed Into Law


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today announced that his legislation to improve care for patients with muscular dystrophy has been signed into public law.

H.R. 594, the Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research and Education Amendments of 2014, also known as the MD CARE Act, was enacted in 2001 and reauthorized in 2008. Burgess and other members of the House and Senate added amendments to further update and improve upon what was already successful legislation. 

“This is a true success story,” Burgess said. “In patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy alone, the MD CARE Act has increased the lifespan of patients by about 10 years on average. It has dramatically improved and standardized clinical care, which helps drive better patient outcomes.” 

The MD CARE Act is responsible for enhancing research efforts to focus on cardiac, pulmonary and other systems of importance to muscular dystrophy patients. It updates existing care standards and fills gaps to focus on how to properly care for muscular dystrophy patients and intensifies existing tracking of various forms of muscular dystrophy. Finally, it ensures this data informs the research agenda.

“It was always my goal as a physician to help save lives and alleviate pain and suffering, and I wanted to continue to do that in my capacity as a member of Congress,”
Burgess continued. “Seeing this important legislation become law, knowing it will significantly improve lives, is a victory for health care professionals, medical researchers and muscular dystrophy patients everywhere.”

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Burgess Opening Statement "21st Century Cures: Examining the Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests"


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, today issued the following opening statement at a hearing titled “21st Century Cures: Examining the Regulation of Laboratory Developed Tests”:

I have attended every Cures event in DC and several across the nation.

Repeatedly we hear of the potential of genomic medicine to understand illness, quickly diagnosis it and target treatment. This has been embraced in a bipartisan manner.

I strongly believe in this potential. Here’s an example:

A few months ago, CDC briefed my staff on an emerging global health threat in the form of a virus. They had sequenced the virus, provided information to researchers and even knew where in the particular country’s jungle the virus originated. It was impressive to say the least.

Here’s one more: Back in 2009, H1N1, a subtype of the Influenza A virus, spread rapidly.  

During the first week of the outbreak, 16 laboratories had LDTs that could identify H1N1 from other H1 viruses.  Most results were available within 24 hours. The speed helped inform public health reactions.  

The FDA had no approved commercial kit. If they had, under the proposed framework – even if it was 15 years old and inferior – these LDTs would have been blocked from doctors and public health officials. 

FDA regulation of tests like these will be burdensome and will slow the ability of clinical laboratories to develop tests that can allow us to respond to public health crises. It is also duplicative – Congress already established a regulatory framework applicable to labs and laboratory testing, known as CLIA. 

However, I have conceded additional review of certain tests may be warranted.  Previously, I introduced legislation to meet patient needs and ensure tests are accurate, reliable and clinically valid by making improvements to CLIA.

I authored section 1143 of the Food Drug Safety & Innovation Act so we would be able to discuss how patients, the practice of medicine, innovation and the economy would all be harmed if FDA tried to fit LDTs into the misaligned definition of medical device.
I fundamentally believe FDA has no statutory authority to regulate LDTs.

For FDA to have jurisdiction, it must be a traditional device and be commercially distributed among states. LDTs do not fall under either category.  

Professional medical services are not regulated by FDA. 

If they start to be, we are effectively opening the door to the federal regulation of the practice of medicine. I adamantly reject and will vehemently oppose that notion.

In addition to these significant jurisdictional issues, the process FDA is considering is of great concern. Even if the courts determined FDA authority over LDTs, the agency would need to amend its current regulations through rulemaking.  

The FDCA, the Administrative Procedures Act and the Supreme Court all require disseminating rules to modify current regulation or to create legally enforceable regulations. 

Instead, the FDA continues on its jurisdictional power grab by attacking innovation, threatening professional practice and risking countless jobs in order to claim authority over all they see. They are doing this even at the expense of allowing the core mission of the FDA to suffer as a consequence. 

I can’t think of a worse result: denying patients and doctors innovative tests while redirecting resources that could be used to approve the next miracle medical device or drug.

I thank you for the hearing and yield. 

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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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