Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Continued Threat of Zika Virus
Posted by on August 26, 2016
As Senate Democrats, the Obama Administration and federal agencies charged with protecting the health of the American people continue to ignore the imminent danger posed by the Zika Virus, Dr. Burgess discusses the need to combat this virus like the serious threat that it is. Read his full remarks here.
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Ransom Payment to Iran
Posted by on August 19, 2016
Dr. Burgess discusses the confirmation from the State Department that the $400 million payment made to Iran was used as a ransom payment for the four innocent Americans wrongfully imprisoned in Tehran. Read his full remarks here.
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Summer Travel Safety
Posted by on August 12, 2016
Dr. Burgess discusses the importance of regularly checking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall database to ensure your vehicle is not under a recall, and if it is, to have it serviced as soon as possible to protect you, your loved ones and other Americans on the road.
Burgess Statement on Independence at Home Performance Year 2 Data
Posted by Lesley Fulop on August 9, 2016
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 in response to the release of the Independence at Home program’s year 2 performance data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today.
“I am pleased to see that the second year performance data for the Independence at Home program continues to demonstrate its value in delivering high quality care to Medicare patients in the home, while generating significant savings for taxpayers. I worked hard with my counterparts in the House and Senate to ensure that this program would remain available to high-risk Medicare beneficiaries through 2017. I remain committed to the sustained success of the IAH program to guarantee that Medicare beneficiaries continue to receive valuable and cost-effective benefits.”
More information on the recent data from CMS here.
Burgess Statement on Need for Senate Passage of Zika Funding
Posted by on August 4, 2016
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 in response to the calls for the Senate to return to secure Zika funding that the House of Representatives passed back in June.
“For months now Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration have been stressing the dire threat Zika poses to the United States. And in return, their response was to vote down funding for their own priority that was already passed by the House. Actions speak louder than words. The combined actions of Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration make it difficult to see their actions as anything other than political gamesmanship.
Burgess Visits Unaccompanied Alien Children Processing Center in McAllen, TX
Posted by Lesley Fulop on August 2, 2016
McAllen, TX – Yesterday Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade visited the Rio Grande Valley’s first central processing center for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) that have entered into the U.S. illegally. The purpose of his visit was to see the current state of the unaccompanied minor crisis at the border.
Congressman Burgess was briefed by leadership at the Rio Grande Valley’s Centralized Processing Center on the process by which unaccompanied alien children are processed from apprehension to intake and then to ultimate transition out of the facility.
Additionally, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) informed Dr. Burgess of the health screening policies, including protocols and procedures followed for children at risk of or diagnosed with an infectious disease. Dr. Burgess was also updated on the protocols and procedures to identify victims of trafficking, and physical or sexual abuse, as well as the capacity of the facilities to accommodate over 20,000 children crossing the border.
“Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors continue to cross the Texas border illegally from Mexico every year. While the number does fluctuate the crisis remains unabated for the last 2 years,” said Burgess. “It is clear that there is a significant amount of work to be done here. Thank you to the staff from the RGV Centralized Processing Center, ORR and HHS for taking the time to show me around the facilities.
“Yesterday’s visit has only reaffirmed my commitment to protecting and strengthening our borders. While on my tour, I witnessed six individuals, including a 3 month old infant, be apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol guardsmen while trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
“I continue to call on the President to visit the border and see for himself the challenges of the ever changing region. You simply cannot grasp the magnitude of the problem in the lower Rio Grande valley sector unless you can see it for yourself. This must be a priority for the man tasked with shaping the United States’ immigration policy.”
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: TX-26 Town Halls Recap
Posted by on July 29, 2016
Dr. Burgess recaps the concerns of his constituents from his three town hall meetings in The Colony, Keller, and Lewisville. If you were unable to attend in person, you can watch all three town hall meetings here.
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: One Year Anniversary of Iran Nuclear Agreement
Posted by on July 22, 2016
One year after the signing of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Dr. Burgess reflects on the failure of President Obama's ineffective and unenforced nuclear agreement and Iran's continued, blatant defiance of the deal, which threatens the safety of the U.S. and our allies. Read his full remarks here.
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: The Tragedy in Dallas
Posted by on July 15, 2016
As the city of Dallas, and our nation, continues to mourn the loss of our heroes in blue, Dr. Burgess reflects on the commendable leadership shown by Chief David Brown and how now, more than ever, we must support our police officers and recognize the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. Read his full remarks here.
Burgess Statement on the Ambush of Dallas Police Officers
Posted by Lesley Fulop on July 8, 2016
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 in response to the ambush in downtown Dallas that left four Dallas Police officers and one DART officer dead and seven injured.
“Words cannot begin to describe my sorrow for the devastation that Dallas experienced last night. Today, the city of Dallas mourns the five precious lives that were lost in an act of senseless violence. This is not the way to move our country forward.
“Our Dallas heroes in blue reported for duty last night, as they do every night, selflessly putting their lives on the line in the face of unimaginable danger to protect their communities and fellow citizens.
“This brave profession falls under harsh scrutiny on a daily basis. It is important that we recognize the sacrifices of these men and women and their critical role in protecting our communities.
“Today, we mourn together for the great loss of not only the Dallas Police Department, but also the city of Dallas as a whole.
“At this time, our nation’s police force requires the support of all Americans in their mission to protect and serve. Today, not only are we all Americans, we are all Texans.”