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 acceptance of his NASPER Funding Amendment to H.R. 3354.
“Last night I offered an amendment to provide funding to the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) program. NASPER supports the utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs, which help coordinate prescribing practices between providers and pharmacists, so that prescription opioids can remain solely in the hands of the intended patient. Up until this point, NASPER has not been funded by Appropriators, and as a result, our country has been unable to utilize this life-saving tool. Congress must prioritize programs like NASPER that are preventive and can ensure that errant prescribers and bad actors do not fall through the cracks. If we want to end this epidemic, we must finally commit resources to programs that will promote prevention and encourage safer prescribing of prescription drugs.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, and Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, introduced legislation that would repeal Obamacare’s individual health insurance mandate.
“Obamacare’s individual mandate fundamentally alters the relationship between the government and the governed, severely limiting individual freedom,” said Congressman Burgess. “Since its conception, the individual mandate has been a direct attack on our personal liberty. This bill will provide the American people immediate relief from this overstep.”
“We need to put patients and families, not the federal government, in charge of their own health care,” said Congressman Tiberi. “However, the individual mandate is forcing Americans to purchase plans they don’t want, don’t need, and can’t afford to use. This legislation would provide relief to Americans who are trapped in overpriced and unreliable Obamacare plans and eliminate the threat of an unfair fine from the IRS.”
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Washington, D.C. — Representatives Michael C. Burgess (TX-26) and Sam Johnson (TX- 3) released the following statement on concerns about constituent service at the Frisco Post Office.
“One of the most basic constitutionally-mandated responsibilities of the federal government is to deliver the mail, in rain or shine. The United States Postal Service has a rich legacy of customer service, and any exception is simply unacceptable. We have heard concerns from a number of Frisco residents about incidents at the Frisco Post Office that failed to meet expectations. Our constituents rightfully expect prompt and satisfactory mail delivery. To that end, we will continue to work with the USPS and our federal partners to ensure this problem is resolved.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 502, Making Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief, which will provide supplemental funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
“I am saddened by the loss of life and damage sustained as a result of Hurricane Harvey, and I am concerned for the wellbeing of all our neighbors who have been affected by the storm. This major hurricane and subsequent flooding caused significant damage to southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana. While some of the losses will be covered by insurance, this initial supplemental emergency funding will pay for rescue efforts and the first steps of the recovery process. While we must help our neighbors in need, we also must remain good stewards of Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars. Congress must ensure these appropriations are used only for what they are intended – emergency disaster relief.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, today released the following statement after Attorney General Sessions announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.“The Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA is a positive step in reforming our immigration system. From the start, DACA was irresponsible policy that incentivized illegal border crossings. It is the role of the Congress, not the executive branch, to consider and pass legislation. President Obama clearly overstepped his role when he enacted DACA as an executive order. There are legal pathways to immigration that create positive results for immigrants, the American people, and the economy. DACA was never an appropriate or legal answer for thousands of illegal immigrants. By rescinding DACA, President Trump has acknowledged Congress’ constitutional authority to consider lasting solutions to secure our borders.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, today released the following statement after President Trump signed the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 into law.
“The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 will play a key part in supporting the FDA and ensuring that American patients see the medicine and cures they have been promised. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, I am proud to see this common sense, bipartisan legislation become law. I would like to thank my fellow Health Subcommittee members for their unwavering work on this legislation, overcoming distractions and setbacks to ensure that we could deliver on our promise to the American people. I am also grateful to the Senate and President Trump for their commitment to this cause.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, along with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX) released the following statement following the Senate's passage of the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017:
“Working together, House and Senate Republicans and Democrats brought forth a bill to reauthorize these important programs, putting patients first and their hope for new treatments within reach,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX). “This bill is a win for patients and the millions of Americans working to develop our next generation of cures and therapies. We applaud the Senate’s swift action in passing this vital bill, and urge President Trump to sign it into law.”
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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.
Shanah Tovah to all celebrating #RoshHashanah. I wish you a happy and healthy year ahead.