Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Emergency Preparedness
Posted by on April 29, 2016

Dr. Burgess discusses his 8th Annual Emergency Preparedness Summit and the importance of having a plan in place to protect you and your family in any type of emergency situation. Read his full remarks here.

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Burgess Announces Winners of Congressional High School Art Competition
Posted by Lesley Fulop on April 27, 2016

Lake Dallas, TX — Today, Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, announced the winner of the 14th annual 26th Congressional District high school art competition. The art competition was open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing in or attending schools in the district. Meghan Adams, a senior art student of Kathy Toews at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, won the Grand Prize with her color photograph entitled “One Team.” 

As the Grand Prize winner, Meghan will have her artwork displayed for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol and has the opportunity to attend the national ceremony in Washington, D.C. this June.  The ceremony will honor the winning artists from congressional districts all over the country. 

“This competition was designed to foster and encourage the creative development of local high school students across the country,” said Burgess. “I am overwhelmed by the level of talent in the numerous submissions from the 26th district. Meghan’s creativity is inspiring and we are honored to have her represent our district in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.”

Wendy Ampuero won the “Texas Choice” category for her colored pencil artwork entitled “Warrior Woman.” She is a senior art student of Mark Parr at Little Elm High School. The “Texas Choice” winner was selected by popular vote from the virtual gallery on Congressman Burgess’ website.

Jurist Jo Williams, professional artist and instructor, reviewed the posted artwork and determined the contest finalists based upon artistic merit.  The Juror's Award for the Grand Prize and First Place recognitions were based on the appraisal of each piece of artwork’s level of artistic merit.

Additionally, Bryant Grizzle, a senior at Flower Mound High School and a student of Michelle Harper, won First Place for his pen drawing entitled “Corralled but Content.”  Bryant’s artwork will be displayed in Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas district office for the next year. 

“Congratulations to Meghan, Bryant and Wendy for their artistic achievements and thank you to all the students that participated in this year’s competition,” said Burgess.

Since the competition was first launched in 1982, more than 5,000 local contests have been conducted that have involved more than 650,000 high school students across the country. 

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Burgess Hosts 8th Annual Emergency Preparedness Summit & Fair
Posted by Lesley Fulop on April 26, 2016

Aubrey, TX — This weekend Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, hosted his 8th Annual Emergency Preparedness Summit & Fair at Aubrey High School in Aubrey, Texas.

Over 500 North Texas residents joined emergency responders from the Aubrey ISD Police Department, the City of Aubrey Fire Department, the Town of Providence Village and Denton County Emergency Services to learn from the experts about putting plans in place to keep themselves and their families safe. Disasters, whether natural or man-made, can occur anytime or anywhere. The North Texas region is no stranger to the unpredictability of dangerous weather or emergency situations.

WBAP Chief Meteorologist Brad Barton and National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Fox delivered the keynote addresses touching on the tumultuous weather that North Texas has experienced over the last year and underscoring the importance of being prepared for even the most unpredictable emergency situations. 

“When disaster strikes, we must be ready to act immediately,” Burgess said. “You are the first line of defense for you and your family and it is critical that you have a plan in place. While we can’t plan for every emergency situation, my hope is that this summit provides North Texans the tools to protect and prepare themselves.”

Attendees had the opportunity to interact with an array of demonstrations and exhibits including Denco Area 9-1-1, FEMA, Texas Search and Rescue – North Texas Division, City of Lewisville – Office of Emergency Management, among many others. Additionally, the electrical engineering department at the University of North Texas conducted a drone demonstration to display the benefits drones provide in the aftermath of emergency situations. 


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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: One Year of SGR Repeal
Posted by on April 21, 2016

Dr. Burgess discusses the passage and implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and the permanent repeal of the hurtful Sustainable Growth Rate on its one-year anniversary. Read his full remarks here.
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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: In Defense of a Flat Tax
Posted by on April 15, 2016

Dr. Burgess discusses H.R. 1040, the Flat Tax Act, and the need for an overhaul of our tax code. Read his full remarks here
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Dr. Burgess on WFAA: Lewisville Lake Dam Repair
Posted by on April 07, 2016

Lake Lewisville dam repairs to be done by summer

LEWISVILLE -- Area members of Congress are in North Texas to check out progress on repairs to the Lake Lewisville Dam.

Work began in January on a $6.5 million project to repair flood damage. Last June, a major soil slide was discovered, raising safety concerns.

On Wednesday we learned that repairs are on schedule to be finished by summer, and a Dam Safety Modification Study will be completed two years ahead of time.

The Army Corps of Engineers is heading up the repairs.

"We've always stated we have concerns at the Lewisville Lake dam, but it is not in imminent danger of failing. We have both short and long-term plans to maintain the safety of the dam -- as public safety is our main priority here at the Fort Worth district," Col. Calvin Hudson said.

Representative Michael Burgess worked with the House Appropriations Committee to ensure funding of the project. His family has enjoyed recreation at the lake since he was a kid.

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Burgess Joins Rep. Ratcliffe & Committee on Homeland Security to Discuss Cybersecurity
Posted by Lesley Fulop on April 07, 2016

Sherman, TX — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, joined fellow Texan Congressman John Ratcliffe (TX-04), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies for a field hearing, in Sherman, Texas, entitled “Cyber Preparedness and Response at the Local Level.”

The field hearing sought to help provide a better understanding of how state and local officials prepare for, respond to and investigate cyber incidents. Additionally, the hearing provided an opportunity to learn about different cyber training opportunities for State and local officials to bolster cyber preparedness and response.

The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, under the chairmanship of Congressman Burgess, has focused extensively on data breach and the notification process that should be required to inform consumers when there has been a data breach.

“While Chairman Ratcliffe’s subcommittee deals with the ‘.gov side’ of the world, my subcommittee deals with the ‘.com side’ of the world. Ultimately, data security is national security,” said Burgess during the hearing. “This hearing comes at an ideal time as all Americans prepare to file their taxes next week and many will face the very real hurdle when they discover that their accounts that have been diverted in the past due to a breach of personal data.”

Last year, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1770) was passed through Congressman Burgess’ subcommittee. H.R. 1770 would establish a national standard for procedures used to notify consumers when there has been a breach of their personal data. Currently, 47 states have a security notification standard but there remains no national standard.

H.R. 1770 passed full committee and is awaiting action on the House floor. 


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Burgess Hosts Press Conference to Provide Updates on Lake Lewisville
Posted by Lesley Fulop on April 06, 2016

Lewisville, TX – Today Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. hosted a press conference with the Fort Worth U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to share updates on the continued progress of the repairs to the slide on the dam at Lake Lewisville. 

Colonel Calvin C. Hudson, Commander of the Fort Worth District USACE shared that the Corps has the full funding needed to complete the critical repairs to the slide on the dam at Lake Lewisville and that the completion of the Dam Safety Modification Study has been expedited to 2018.  The study will identify long-term improvements to minimize the potential for downstream flooding due to dam failure.

Following historic rainfall totals in May and June of 2015, Lake Lewisville and the surrounding areas experienced damaging floods that resulted in the formation of a slide on the Lewisville Dam. While maintaining the proper safety and operations of Lake Lewisville, which covers 29,000 acres of land in North Texas, has always been a top priority of Congressman Burgess it became clear that the need for expeditious repairs and funding was immediate.

Rep. Burgess has worked closely with the USACE and the appropriations committees in Congress to ensure the fiscal year 2016 USACE work plan included an additional $4,653,000 for the Lake Lewisville Dam. For fiscal year 2016, the Corps has a total of $8,688,000 in the Operations and Maintenance account for the dam at Lake Lewisville.

“Today we were able to share a good news story. The problem identified at Lake Lewisville is being addressed, in large part to the continued efforts from all levels of government across both parties and the dedication of the Ft. Worth Corps. Lake Lewisville has been a part of my life for its entire lifespan and thus a top priority of mine during my time in Congress,” said Burgess.

“While we have addressed the short term, immediate need at the dam, I look forward to a continued, regular dialogue with the Corps to ensure the necessary resources for repairs as well as the Dam Safety Modification Study are made available.”

The press conference was followed by a tour of the dam at Lake Lewisville led by the Fort Worth U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to view repair progress.

Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32), Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), State Representative Tan Parker (District 63), and Judge Mary Horn were also present at the press conference. 


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Dr. Burgess on FOX 4's Good Day: Lewisville Lake Dam
Posted by on April 06, 2016

Dr. Burgess joins FOX 4's Good Day to discuss the ongoing repairs to the slide on the dam at Lake Lewisville and what is being done to ensure the structural integrity of the dam going forward.
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