Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement after the reintroduction of the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017.
“President Trump wants to rebuild the military. I do too. The U.S. Armed Forces are an arsenal of democracy that is key to our freedom. No one can justify wasting the dollars that should be spent on our men and women in uniform, and the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2017 will ensure that we are able to efficiently and effectively support our military at home and abroad.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to temporarily reinstate President Trump’s executive order on refugees.
“My top priority has always been to protect Americans at home and to do so by securing our borders. President Trump has taken steps well within his authority, and based off intelligence gathered in the Obama Administration, to keep our country safe. The Supreme Court has upheld the rule of law and recognized, for the time being, President Trump’s authority to protect Americans and strengthen our national security. I believe this is a positive step forward in ensuring our borders are protected against threats to North Texans and the American people.”
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Washington, D.C.- Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House and Energy Subcommittee on Health, today introduced bipartisan legislation H.R. 2953 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.
Washington, DC - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after the House passed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017.
“This bill is a long-needed step toward ensuring Secretary Shulkin has the ability to hold his employees accountable to providing quality care in a timely and efficient manner. Our veterans deserve the best care that we can offer to them, and should never suffer because of employees’ negligence or poor performance. Quite simply, the VA should not have any employee who cannot do his or her job on its payroll. This reform will make certain that those who care for our veterans can be held accountable for the quality of care they provide. Moving forward, I will continue to support common sense solutions to reform the VA and enhance veterans’ care."
Washington, DC - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement following the Department of Veteran Affair’s announcement that it will adopt the same electronic health records system as the Pentagon.
“I fully support Secretary Shulkin’s decision to enhance patient care in the Department of Veteran Affairs with this much-needed update. We cannot improve health care outcomes for our veterans unless doctors have access to the entirety of a patient’s medical history. Our veterans deserve the best care we can offer, and this is an important step in ensuring that they have an efficient and positive experience with the VA. I will continue to advocate for the interoperability of our electronic health records, so that all Americans can easily access their medical records."
Denton, TX - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, last week announced the Class of 2021 Service Academy Appointees from the 26th Congressional District. This summer these young men and women will be entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.
Last week, Dr. Burgess honored these appointees as a reception hosted by the City of Denton and the Denton Enterprise Airport. Special guests at the reception included 2017 U.S. Air Force Academy graduates, U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt Stevan Bacchus-Grant of Fort Worth and U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt Reagan Fentress of Denton, and members of the Vietnam Veterans of America – Chapter 920.
The students residing in the 26th Congressional District entering the service academies are as follows:
US Military Academy
Emersen Bribiesca (Keller)
Ben Ferguson (Argyle)
Aaron Horikami (Flower Mound)
Ben McCleery Ben (Keller)
Elias Mitchell (Trophy Club)
US Naval Academy
Preston Rhodes (Keller)
Sam Rice (Flower Mound)
Justin Rosas (Fort Worth)
Justin Self (Keller)
Jarvian Wigfall (Denton)
US Air Force Academy
David Bearden (Argyle)
Joshua Block (Argyle)
Joseph Carlson (Frisco)
Leo Cheshire (Frisco)
Joseph Morin (Roanoke)
Alexander Nguyen (Keller)
Jackson Trent (Flower Mound)
Nathan Yu (Flower Mound)
US Merchant Marine Academy
Kellin Tompkins (Lakewood Village)
Hunter Wyssbrod (Frisco)Read More
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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.
The VA Accountability Act is an important step toward ensuring veterans receive the best possible care. I am grateful to see it become law.
In case you missed it, last night I joined Chris Hayes to discuss next steps for fixing American health care. Watch the full segment --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y7JFFxa9I8