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 voting in favor of H.R. 1, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
“While this tax reform package is not perfect, it is a positive step in the right direction. By doubling the standard deduction, expanding the Child Tax Credit, and reducing the number of tax brackets, this bill will allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money and save for the future.
“Thirty-one years is far too long to wait to provide relief to hardworking American families, and now is the time to bring the tax code into the 21st century. This plan moves toward reforms that will simplify the tax code – saving taxpayers not just money, but also valuable time - and create more jobs and bigger paychecks for North Texans and Americans across the country.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on the inclusion of his Audit the Pentagon amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House passed today.
“Fiscal responsibility is a critical component of our national security. The Audit the Pentagon amendment, which was included in the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2018, requires the Department of Defense to rank in order of audit readiness every entity that is required to provide financial statements for the overall effort of the Department of Defense-wide audit. I am pleased that this important provision was included for the third time in the annual defense authorization bill.
“The Pentagon must be held to the same level of accountability as other federal agencies when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars. This important measure will bring the Pentagon into compliance with current law, and ensure that defense resources are being used appropriately. Quite simply, auditing the Pentagon will reinforce our national security and improve our care for the American men and women in uniform.”
WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today released the following statement after President Trump nominated Alex Azar as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)."We commend President Trump for nominating Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is a veteran of HHS, bringing with him a wealth of institutional knowledge that will be instrumental in delivering patient-centered health care and combating the opioid crisis. We look forward to working with Mr. Azar on these critical issues and many others in the future," said Walden and Burgess.
Highland Village, TX – Yesterday, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after he presented five former U.S. Armed Forces members with the 2017 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation (CVC). The CVC, established in 2005, honors distinguished veterans who have continued their dedication to the nation by serving their local communities after selflessly serving their country in military service.
“While these selfless patriots may have retired their service uniforms, they are not finished serving our nation and North Texas,” said Dr. Burgess. “I want to extend my deepest appreciation to all of the nominees for their service to our country.
“Our nation is truly blessed to have had such fine men and women answer the call to duty. As our armed forces bear the burden of protecting our liberty and freedom, our veterans deserve all of the respect and care that our country has to offer.”
This year’s commendations were presented at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon hosted by the City of Highland Village and the Highland Village Business Association. Nominations were received from the community, veterans’ organizations and civic organizations. The five recipients of the 2017 Congressional Commendation are:
During the ceremony, Dr. Burgess presented each recipient with a commendation and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. In addition, local fallen heroes of the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts and their families were also recognized for the ultimate sacrifice they made to defend our nation and protect our freedom.
Pictured: 2017 Congressional Veteran Commendation Recipients with U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. (left to right:) Paul Perez, Jr., Donald Graves, Congressman Michael Burgess, Paul Farrar, Johnnie Yellock II, Donald Phillip
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on today’s Subcommittee on Health hearing on “MACRA and Alternative Payment Models: Developing Options for Value-based Care.”
“Today’s hearing was a key opportunity to assess the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), particularly focusing on one of the two reimbursement avenues under the law – Alternative Payment Models (APMs). MACRA, which was passed two and a half years ago, was designed to put physicians – and patients – back at the center of medicine. It is critically important that MACRA succeeds, and I am glad the Energy and Commerce Committee remains dedicated to ensuring we get payment reform right.
“During today’s hearing, I was encouraged by the witnesses’ testimonies on the positive impact that MACRA has already had in their communities and the promise of delivering better care and driving greater savings for more providers. A recurring theme we also heard this morning was that physicians are best suited to provide the determinants of quality. It is clear that patients are counting on us – the doctors – and not federal agencies, to get this right.
“This hearing is just another step in the overall implementation and oversight process, and moving forward the subcommittee will continue to seek feedback on MACRA’s effectiveness. The days of the Sustainable Growth Rate are long gone, but I look forward to remaining engaged and working hard to ensure doctors have the freedom to provide their patients with the best medical care.”
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 House of Representatives passed H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act.“Repealing the threat of this powerful, unelected board has been a bipartisan effort for years,” said Congressman Burgess. “Today, the House acted yet again to repeal this board and its unconstitutional relinquishment of Congressional authority. I urge the Senate to follow suit so we can return oversight of the future of the Medicare program where it belongs. We must prevent potential cuts from being implemented by this unelected board once and for all.”
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement in support of the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act.
“The CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act includes key provisions for public health programs, especially funding for the state Children’s Health Insurance Program. Congress must act to ensure that children and their families who rely on this vital program can continue to receive the access they need. In a fiscally-responsible way, this legislation also delays harmful Obamacare-mandated cuts to hospitals that provide care to underserved patients. I am eager to see this important legislation reach the House Floor later this week.”
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 House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution.
“Today the House passed a budget setting federal funding levels for Fiscal Year 2018. The budget includes key priorities to build a better America, including promoting economic growth, ensuring a strong national defense, and improving government accountability. This critical vote also paves the way for an upcoming overhaul of the federal tax code. Congress must ensure fiscal responsibility by reducing federal spending and implementing a simpler, better tax code. Now is the time to create meaningful change and put American economic prosperity first.”
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today issued the following statement after President Trump formally declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency.“The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions, impacting every community across the country in a variety of ways. Today’s public health emergency declaration will unleash more tools and resources in our shared fight to combat the crisis that continues to destroy families and communities regardless of age, gender, race, or geography. We stand ready to work with the administration to deliver relief for the tens-of-thousands of Americans suffering from this epidemic on a daily basis.”
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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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