Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement on the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence.
"Throughout our nation's rich history, the Presidential Inauguration has signaled a new beginning and the fulfillment of a mandate issued by the people. I am optimistic and hopeful for the new chapter on which our country is about to embark. There is a great deal of work to be accomplished in the first 100 days of President Trump's Administration and I look forward to working with our new Commander-in-Chief and Vice President to deliver on our promise to the American people to make America strong, safe, proud and great again. Congratulations to our nation's 45th President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Michael R. Pence."
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement on the passing of Little Elm Detective Jerry Walker while serving in the line of duty.
“It is the selfless dedication and courage that our law enforcement officers exhibit every day that keep us safe. This morning the town of Little Elm mourns the loss of one of our heroes in blue, Detective Jerry Walker. I had the privilege of meeting Detective Walker while he was on duty at one of my town halls in the summer of 2014. The simple presence of the police force in a community provides a sense of safety and security for its citizens. While every instance of violence that results in the death of a police officer is devastating, this loss has cast a shadow of sadness over our community. I extend my deepest sympathy to Detective Walker’s family and continue to keep them in my prayers.”
Washington, D.C. — Last night the House of Representatives passed the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act (H.R. 315), introduced by Congressman Michael C. Burgess M.D. (R-TX), Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). The Improving Access to Maternity Care Act would increase data collection by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help place maternity care health professionals working in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) throughout geographic regions experiencing a health professional shortage.
“This legislation takes an important step to ensure more effective and efficient placement of maternity care providers in regions where they are needed the most through existing government programs,” said Burgess. “Consistent, high-quality maternity care is of the utmost importance for both mothers and babies to ensure a safe, healthy pregnancy. It is encouraging that the House of Representatives shares my belief that no mother should ever have to compromise access to quality maternity care based on her location in the country.”
“As co-chair of the Congressional Maternity Care Caucus, I know that babies are born healthier when their mothers receive comprehensive prenatal and childbirth care,” said Roybal-Allard. “Tragically, more than a third of U.S. counties currently have no obstetricians or nurse midwives to provide pregnant women with the maternity care they need. Our legislation will help the Department of Health and Human Services identify which areas of the U.S. are in need of maternity care professionals, so that the Department can place doctors and midwives in these areas to offer comprehensive prenatal and childbirth care to mothers and babies.”
“Today, many women in our country have to travel hundreds of miles to access maternity care services,” said Eshoo. “Expectant mothers need medical care from conception to birth, and studies have shown that mothers who do not receive this care, risk giving birth to children with serious health problems. This legislation will increase data collection to help target and place maternal health professionals in the many areas of our country that have chronic shortages of CNMs and OB-GYNs. As policymakers, it’s our responsibility to guarantee that every new mother has access to maternity care services. I’m proud to help lead this bipartisan effort in the House that will help to bring the appropriate care to expectant mothers and healthy newborns regardless of where they live.”
“Across the country, women and babies suffer unnecessary risks due to a shortage of maternity care providers, including obstetrician-gynecologists,” Dr. Thomas Gellhaus, president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said. “Access to quality maternal care is essential for healthy mothers and healthy babies and this legislation will help ensure that women’s health care providers are where they are most needed.”
The National Health Service Corps provides student loan repayment to physicians and other health professionals in exchange for a commitment by those professionals to provide care in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. This program has been effective in reducing provider shortages by inspiring new providers to start where they are needed most. This legislation would more effectively allocate maternity care providers based on an area or population’s specific needs. Maternity care providers’ participation will be targeted to areas with a demonstrated shortage of maternity care providers, not just a primary care shortage. This is a budget neutral bill.
This bill has the support of several organizations including the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) and the March of Dimes.
Read the bill text here.
Washington, D.C. — Today Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) was named by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health for the 115th Congress.
“Being chosen as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health is a career honor. Nearly 14 years ago, I left the medical practice that I spent my life building in North Texas to join Congress. I believed something needed to be done to address the burden of the federal government in health care—a burden that I have experienced firsthand as both a doctor and a patient,” said Burgess.
Burgess, the most senior physician in the House of Representatives who served as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade in the 114th Congress, said he is prepared and committed to serving the committee effectively in his new role.
“Americans have been crushed under the weight of the ACA by its paralyzing costs, limited choices, and deafening inflexibility. We can do better. And more importantly, we will do better. Under the leadership of Chairman Walden and Speaker Ryan and in partnership with the Trump Administration, we will move forward to deliver on the promise of reforming our health care system to make it more affordable, accessible and patient-centered,” said Burgess.
“Dr. Burgess has been a tremendous voice on the committee, and I look forward to working with him in his new role. As Chairman of the Health Subcommittee, we’ll be relying on his nearly three decades of experience practicing medicine to help guide some of our most critical work this year, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and the implementation of MACRA,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR)
“A tremendous amount of hard work lies ahead of us in the coming weeks. Along with Chairman Walden and the other members of the Subcommittee, I am unequivocally committed and prepared to take on this great endeavor.”
Click here to visit the Energy and Commerce Committee website for a full list of subcommittee assignments.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, launched a new, more user-friendly website to better communicate with and serve his constituents in the 26th district of Texas. Visitors to the website can request services from the “Constituent Services” section and sign up for the e-newsletter all from the homepage.
“We live in a technologically advanced age, in which Americans rely on the internet to get digestible information quickly. This new user-friendly design will help constituents share their thoughts and comments with me more efficiently and access the information they need more easily. One of the most important responsibilities I have as your Representative in Congress is to help you gain access to the federal government—whether it be through Capitol tour requests or help getting in contact with a federal agency—this new, easily navigable website will help me do just that.”
On Dr. Burgess’ new website constituents will find:
· Legislative Issues: Stay up to date with what's going on in Washington and how it will affect North Texas. Get information on legislative issues like defense, national security, health care, education, and veterans. Click here to learn more.
· The Many Ways Dr. Burgess Can Provide Assistance: Whether constituents need help with an issue they are having with a federal agency, would like to have a flag flown over the Capitol, or would like to request a White House or Capitol tour, this page is dedicated to the ways Dr. Burgess can assist. Click here for more information.
· Latest News and Media: Get the latest videos, press releases, floor statements, photos, and committee statements. Dr. Burgess also just launched a blog that will provide additional information and resources about legislation. Click here to view the media section.
In addition to Dr. Burgess’ new website, constituents can stay connected with Dr. Burgess by signing up for his weekly email updates, liking him on Facebook, following him on Twitter, following him on Instagram and connecting with him on You Tube.###
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, released his 2016 Year-End Annual Report, a comprehensive review of a year’s work that showcases his legislative accomplishments, media presence, and constituent services and correspondence throughout 2016.
Dr. Burgess notes that the annual report is part of his commitment to transparency with his constituents and a means of reflecting on and quantifying every function of both his Washington, D.C. and Lake Dallas district offices.
“My top priority is to serve my constituents to the utmost of my ability. The people of the 26th District have entrusted me with the responsibility of this office and I am honored to have that trust. An important part of this role is accountability. Six years of divided government have made it difficult, but still 2016 saw some successes and a significant number of priorities were achieved. This report acts as a vehicle to track my progress and identify areas of improvement as we look ahead to the 115th Congress.”
Additionally, Dr. Burgess released an infographic that summarizes all his work during both sessions of the 114th Congress.
Click here to view the 2016 report. Click here to view Dr. Burgess’ 114th Congress in review.
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 in response to President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
“I commend President-Elect Trump on his nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. This prominent position in the Administration is tasked with the delicate balance of working to ease tensions around the globe while also ensuring U.S. national security and a strong foreign policy agenda.
“Mr. Tillerson, a constituent of mine in the 26th district of Texas, has worked extensively with foreign leaders cultivating relationships that will only prove to benefit U.S. interests around the world. From the pipelines to the platforms, his experience leading the global efforts of one of America’s most successful companies has equipped him with the understanding and insight to navigate the current world stage. Congratulations to Mr. Tillerson on this honorable nomination.”
Washington, D.C. — Today the House of Representatives passed S. 2873, the counterpart to H.R. 5395, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act, or the ECHO Act, introduced by Congressman Michael C. Burgess M.D. (R-TX) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) in the House of Representatives. The Senate unanimously passed S. 2873 last week, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). It will now go to the President’s desk for signature.
“The legislation will help improve our understanding of how technology-enabled medical education can strengthen the collaboration between specialty care doctors and primary care doctors helping them better serve their communities. The most effective way to ensure widespread access to care is by harnessing models that have proven successful during implementation on a smaller scale, like that of Project ECHO,” said Congressman Burgess. “I am grateful for Congresswoman Matsui’s collaboration on this important legislation and that our fellow House members share in recognizing the importance of passing the ECHO Act this Congress.”
“Technology gives us the ability to connect our healthcare system in ways we never have been able to before,” said Congresswoman Doris Matsui. “In Sacramento, we’ve seen how the Project ECHO model can harness the power of technology to bring specialty expertise to community health centers and other providers in underserved areas. By passing the ECHO Act, communities across the country will now be able to benefit from this successful model to better serve patients in areas such as pain management and addiction. I’m thankful to Congressman Burgess for his leadership on this legislation, and look forward to building on this progress as we work to elevate innovative models to improve patient care and save lives.”
The ECHO Act is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that aims to facilitate integration of Project ECHO or similar models into health systems across the country by requiring the Secretary to study and produce a report on the use and integration of technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models by providers. According to CBO estimates, the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues in the 10-year budget window of 2017-2026.
Project ECHO, first started at the University of New Mexico in 2003, is a continuing medical education model that uses technology, such as interactive videoconferencing, to connect specialist physicians with primary care providers in rural and underserved areas. This guided practice model has proven overwhelmingly successful in growing workforce capacity to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities.
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 congratulating Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) on being selected as the next Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
“The Steering Committee’s election of Greg Walden is an indication of just how highly esteemed he is held by the members of this Conference. Greg has a proven, successful track record of leadership and reaching across the aisle to accomplish meaningful legislation. I look forward to working with him in the 115th Congress to build upon the Energy and Commerce Committee's record of success.”
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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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