McAllen, Texas –Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today led members of the Congressional Border Security Caucus on a tour of Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S.- Mexico border. Members released the following statements:
Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “A country that has lost control of its border has lost control of its future. Despite the story the Obama administration is telling, illegal border crossings remain abnormally high. The Department of Homeland Security’s latest numbers show an increase of 30 percent over the last year’s crossings.
“Today we had the opportunity to see firsthand the challenges our border patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety officers face as they deal with the continuing surge of illegal immigrants on our Southern border. Their jobs have been made harder by this administration’s policies that have undermined our immigration laws and continue to encourage illegal immigrants.
“My colleagues and I with the Congressional Border Security Caucus have taken a strong stand- along with 26 states led by Texas – against the president’s executive amnesty orders. This year, the Supreme Court will hear that case. We will continue to stand with the American people. We will continue working to stop the surge of illegal immigrants.”
Congressman Diane Black (R-Tennessee): “We’ve known all along that our border was not secure and that the Obama Administration’s immigration policies were failing to uphold the rule of law. Now, I have seen the impact of that with my own eyes. Tennessee may not be a border state, but President Obama’s unwillingness to combat the crisis of illegal immigration is felt throughout the country, including in states like my own. This site visit with my Border Security Caucus colleagues has reaffirmed my belief that any future immigration reform must take place in a step-by-step process beginning with true enforcement of our existing laws and, at long last, real border security.”
Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Texas): “The flood of illegal immigrants on the Southern border has proven to be a mounting American crisis, greatly impacting Texas families. As Texans know all too well, the haphazard opening of our borders has caused total chaos with the influx of unaccompanied minors and strained our local communities in a truly troubling way. Today’s visit to the border has only reaffirmed my commitment to protecting and strengthening our borders, prioritizing the safety of American citizens above all. I join my fellow Republicans in calling on President Obama to halt his careless immigration policy before we reach a dangerous point of which we cannot return.”
Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas): “We must take the situation at the border very seriously and the current administration is not doing that. To be here and see firsthand, to talk to the agents face-to-face, it is clear the administration is not giving agents the tools they need to do their job effectively and safely. The Justice department isn't prosecuting people they should be prosecuting. Border security should be a top priority for this president, but is not. The president is not allowing our Border Patrol agents to do their job and that is putting every American at risk.”
Congressman Sam Johnson (R-Texas): "While this certainly wasn't my first trip to Texas' southern border, the new surge of illegal aliens over the past few months is why I made this trip today. It's no secret that Obama's lawless executive amnesty is having devastating impacts not only on Texas border cities but across the country. That's why I've been hard at work to stop illegal immigration and Obama’s amnesty. As part of that effort I've introduced several pieces of legislation such as my bill - the No Amnesty Tax Refunds for Illegals Act - that was just signed into law. I and my fellow Border Caucus colleagues most sacred duty is to protect our homeland and every citizen in it. I spent 29 years as a fighter pilot and seven as a POW doing just that. And the House Border Caucus will continue to fight to keep America safe."
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 House of Representatives’ vote to override the President’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 that would halt funding to Planned Parenthood and repeal substantial portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“This legislation is a materialization of the demands of the American people. Americans will no longer acquiesce while this Administration perpetuates the downward spiral into which the ACA set our nation’s health care system. The empty promises the ACA have left us with a health care system that has compromised accessibility, quality of care, and affordability.
“Today the House Republicans took a stand against President Obama, who continues to obstruct all efforts to reform the failed policies of the ACA.
“The omnibus spending package, passed late last year, excluded any appropriations of Planned Parenthood funding. The passage of this bill today was our opportunity to suspend both mandatory and discretionary funding to Planned Parenthood while the organization’s legal and ethical standards remain under investigation. As your representative in Congress, I remain dedicated to meaningful reforms that drive high quality health care options and access to care.”Read More
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 ahead of President Obama’s delivery of his final State of the Union address this evening.
“While I expect President Obama to extol his so-called legacy during his final State of the Union address, after having sat through seven of these with this president I don’t expect him to fill the room with anything other than broken promises and empty words.“As House Republicans work towards actionable change for the betterment of America—including passing legislation to drive higher quality health care options and access to care, while shrinking the nation’s deficit—the fact that this president can only advance his agenda through executive actions shows how isolated his stances have become and how increasingly frustrated Americans are becoming with his leadership approach.” Read More
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 2015 Year-End Annual Report, a comprehensive document showcasing his legislative accomplishments, media presence, constituent services and correspondence with constituents in the 26th District of Texas.
Burgess noted that the annual year-end 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, as well as his legislative accomplishments.
“2015 proved to be a productive and prolific year,” said Burgess. “My office was heavily involved in advancing legislation focused on protecting consumers’ personal information from data breaches, increasing patients’ access to quality health care, and demanding the accountability for the actions of Administration officials. This report acts as a vehicle to track my progress and pinpoint areas for improvement as we look ahead to the next legislative year.”
Burgess also highlighted a piece of legislation he authored that became law, H.R. 2, the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015,” which assertively repealed the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.
“With bipartisan strength, in 2015, 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.”
The report also includes a list of statistics of Burgess’ work in 2015, including:
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 on the passage of the FY 2016 Omnibus funding legislation by the House of Representatives:
“It is the constitutional responsibility of Congress to protect the Americans who are selflessly serving and who have heroically served our country. My vote was founded in my strong sense of duty to protect our national security and ensure that our troops overseas, who put their lives on the line every day, continue to have the resources required to carry out their missions around the world and here at home. Especially at a time when radical extremists are waging war on the United States of America and her people, the passage of this funding bill is critical to maintaining and strengthening our armed forces.”Read More
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 concerns of the structural soundness of the Lewisville Dam located in the 26th District of Texas:
“My staff and I remain in regular contact with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District regarding the proper functionality of the Lewisville Dam and the timeline for upcoming construction projects. Just this week, I toured the dam to view the slide, and despite its physical appearance, the engineers have assured me that the core of the dam is not in eminent danger of failure and a contract has been put in place to resolve the problem.
“This past June, when the lake reached the pool of record following torrential rainfall, the dam performed as designed, further laying testament to its structural integrity.
“The Lewisville Dam is over 60 years old and as such with structures of this nature and age, constant supervision and maintenance are required.
“For as long as I have been in office, the safety and funding of the Lewisville Dam has been a top priority of mine. Every year that I have represented the 26th District of Texas, the Lewisville Dam maintenance project has received the requested level of funding—an average of $3.2 million appropriated each year with an increase to $4.2 million for fiscal year 2015.
“As always, I continue to have full confidence in the USACE’s emergency preparedness plans and their dedication to taking whatever action necessary to keep North Texans safe.”Read More
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 on the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) in the House of Representatives.
“Control of education should be purview of elected state and local school boards and not the federal government. Students are best served when the teachers and school administrators, who know them best, are not held to a one-size-fits-all accountability system.
“As the Obama Administration continues to force its intrusive, big-government regulations and standards on the American people, the simple fact is that Washington agencies have no business dictating the model for a child’s education.
“This legislation signifies an overdue overhaul of the education system, placing control back in to the hands of the states, where it belongs—and demonstrating the largest rollback of federal power in over 25 years.
“I am confident that this is the first step to reforming a broken education system and will empower our teachers and local school systems with the tools to more successfully shape future generations.”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.
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