Burgess Responds to FCC Regulation of the Internet
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on February 26, 2015
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 the announcement from the Federal Communications Commission that it will implement regulations of the Internet:

“The Internet for decades has been an open frontier for limitless free speech, innovation, creation, business and economic growth and, importantly, immeasurable amounts of free information at our fingertips. 

“The Internet is one of the very last spaces we can access in our daily lives without the burdensome intrusion of the federal government. Because it has not been regulated until now, it has been one of the success stories of our modern time in terms of boundless freedom, opportunity, diversity and innovation. Regulation of this space by unelected Washington bureaucrats is the nail in the coffin for American ingenuity. Sadly, because of the FCC’s ruling today, it is only a matter of time when the Internet – like everything else – is no longer a story of freedom and advancement, but of big government, divisiveness, red tape and consumer frustration that does nothing to improve American competitiveness and growth.”


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Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: Texas Independence Day
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on February 26, 2015

This week, Dr. Burgess reflects on Texas Independence Day. To read a copy of his remarks, click here
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Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: Lake Dallas District Office
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on February 18, 2015


Dr. Burgess discusses how the congressional district office may be of assistance to constituents. 

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: Introducing a Flat Tax
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on February 13, 2015

 
This week, Dr. Burgess discusses the benefits of implementing a federal flat tax.
To read a copy of his remarks, click here
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Burgess, Green Bills to Improve Trauma Systems Pass Committee
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on February 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressmen Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Gene Green (D-TX) today announced two of their bills to improve treatment and access to care for trauma patients were reported out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The bills, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act (H.R. 648) and the Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act (H.R. 647), both address the issue of disparity within areas with access to proper trauma systems and those without, as well as closure of these systems.

H.R. 647 reauthorizes the Trauma Care Center Grants and Trauma Service Availability Grants. These programs are designed to provide grants to prevent further trauma center closures, address shortfalls in trauma services and improve access to and the availability of trauma care in underserved areas. H.R. 648 reauthorizes Trauma and Emergency Care Systems Grants. These programs are essential to ensure the coordination of trauma care delivery among trauma centers, as well as implement and evaluate innovative models of regionalized emergency care systems. 

“Following a trauma, a patient needs access to care as soon as possible – within the ‘golden hour,’” Burgess said. “But sadly, 45 million Americans lack access to a trauma center within this amount of time. As a physician, I know how important it is that we have adequate, fully developed and functional trauma systems in the U.S. To let another system atrophy and widen the disparity between areas with access to trauma systems and those without is unfair to patients who need urgent care when the unthinkable happens.”

“Reauthorization of these programs will help to prevent trauma center closures, facilitate the development of more efficient regionalized systems of care, and improve our ability to save lives,” Green said. “Trauma can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. The importance of a robust and efficient trauma care system and quality trauma centers is an issue we where we can come together to ensure that all Americans have access to care when their life depends on it.” 

This legislation has been endorsed by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Burn Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Trauma Society, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Association of Critical Care Transport, The American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, Emergency Nurses Association, Society of Trauma Nurses, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, The Orthopedic Trauma Association and the Trauma Center Association of America.

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: Repealing Obamacare
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on February 06, 2015


This week, Dr. Burgess discusses repealing the Affordable Care Act

To read a copy of his remarks, click here
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Texas House Republicans Joint Statement in Response to Rules Committee Exchange Between Burgess and Hastings
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on February 03, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Texas House Republicans, in a show of solidarity, today issued the following joint statement in response to disparaging comments about the state of Texas made Monday by Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) to Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) during a House Rules Committee hearing on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

“Don’t mess with Texas.” 

Today’s statement, #DontMessWithTexas, was made by Congressmen Louie Gohmert, Ted Poe, Will Hurd, Sam Johnson, John Ratcliffe, Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton, John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Michael McCaul, Michael Conaway, Mac Thornberry, Randy Weber, Bill Flores, Randy Neugebauer, Lamar Smith, Pete Olson, Kenny Marchant, Roger Williams, Blake Farenthold, Michael Burgess, John Carter, Pete Sessions, Brian Babin and Congresswoman Kay Granger. 

In addition to issuing the statement, the members also called on Congressman Hastings to apologize to the citizens of Texas for his comments, which can be found here. More information on Monday’s Rules Committee hearing may be found here

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: Update on the Crisis at the Texas Border
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on January 30, 2015


This week, Dr. Burgess discusses his most recent trip to the border and his expectations of the President.
To read a copy of his remarks, click here
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Burgess' Priorities Included in 21st Century Cures Initial Discussion Document
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on January 27, 2015
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 the release of the initial discussion document that outlines proposals that are part of the 21st Century Cures initiative, which includes 10 measures that originated in Burgess’ office:

“As a physician, my mission first and foremost is to find methods and treatments that will help alleviate human pain and suffering,” Burgess said. “Our 21st Century Cures initiative is one of the most comprehensive legislative concepts the Energy and Commerce Committee has ever taken on. I am pleased that the projects I have worked on – such as neurological research legislation, access to materials for physicians and interoperability standards for Electronic Health Records – are part of this effort.”

The 21st Century Cures initiative is an effort to take a comprehensive look at what steps the Congress can take to accelerate the pace of cures in America. It examines the full arc of the process, from discovery to development to delivery, to ensure we are taking full advantage of the advances made in science and technology to keep America the innovation capital of the world. 

Last week, Burgess introduced three pieces of legislation as part of the Cures initiative. More information may be found here, here and here

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: SOTU Recap
Posted by Jill Shatzen Kerr on January 23, 2015

This week, Dr. Burgess gave his reaction to the president's State of the Union address, which he delivered on Tuesday, January 21, 2015. 
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