Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Remembering the Fallen
Posted by on May 27, 2016


Dr. Burgess shares a Memorial Day message in remembrance of all those who have fallen defending our freedoms. Read his full remarks here
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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Securing our Nation's Defense
Posted by on May 19, 2016


In this dangerous and unstable time, it is critical that our military be prepared to protect and defend our nation in any situation. The passing of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with the inclusion of my "Audit the Pentagon" amendment, does just that.
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Burgess Pentagon Amendment to NDAA Passes House
Posted by Lesley Fulop on May 18, 2016

Washington, D.C. — Today the House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included an amendment sponsored by Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) that would allow Congress to see and evaluate the progress being made by the Pentagon on its required audit.

In 1990, Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, requiring every federal Department and Agency to produce verifiable financial statements that could be fully audited. Almost 30 years later, every major agency has fulfilled this requirement with the exception of the Department of Defense.

Congressman Burgess’ amendment requests DoD to rank in order, from most ready to be audited to least ready to be audited, every entity within the Department that is required to provide financial statements for the overall effort of the Department-wide audit.

After working with Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) for years on this provision, the amendment was included for the first time in the defense authorization bill signed into law last year. The Pentagon submitted the requested report to Congress late last year. It is important to continue oversight of the DoD by again requiring a report providing a comparison from year to year on auditable financial statements. It is Congressman Burgess’ hope that this will compel the Pentagon to conduct the full financial audit that is required of it by law.

“After 25 years of non-compliance with the law, I am glad the DoD is finally making progress. However, we must continue to put pressure on the Pentagon to comply with federal law in working towards a full audit,” said Burgess. “Our national security and defense is of the utmost importance; the Pentagon must be held to the same level of accountability that other public sector agencies are held to when it comes to the spending of taxpayer dollars.”

The amendment was cosponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT).

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Burgess Statement on National Police Week
Posted by Lesley Fulop on May 16, 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 observance of National Police Week.

“Every day law enforcement officers across the United States put their lives on the line to protect their communities and fellow Americans. In return, the House of Representatives is dedicated to ensuring our police officers feel supported and have access to the resources needed to carry out their duties. Particularly at a time when this heroic profession is under great criticism, it is vital that we recognize the noble sacrifices of these men and women. The simple presence of the police force in a community deters bad actors and provides a sense of safety and security for its citizens. I remain focused on protecting the police officers of the 26th Congressional District of Texas who tirelessly protect us.”

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Burgess Statement on Federal Ruling on ObamaCare
Posted by Lesley Fulop on May 13, 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 on the federal ruling in House v. Burwell, the House of Representatives’ lawsuit on Obamacare. 

“The U.S. District Court’s ruling is one step closer to victory for the American people and for the rule of law. The federal judge’s decision confirms that the Obama Administration has been unlawfully paying insurers without the required authorization from Congress—violating the law and seizing a role clearly reserved for Congress in Article I of the Constitution.

“Billions of taxpayer dollars were dished out illegally to keep insurers from fleeing Obamacare, yet premiums continue to skyrocket and insurers continue to withdraw from markets across the country. Our founding fathers created a system of checks and balances to guard against the threat of a tyrannical government—the Obama Administration must stop operating like a monarchy and respect the role of Congress. This is not only another great victory for the United States House Committee on Rules which crafted the resolution, but also for the constitutional balance of power.” 

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: National Police Week
Posted by on May 13, 2016


As we honor our heroes in blue during National Police Week, Dr. Burgess remarks on the efforts in the House to protect those who put their lives on the line to protect us and our loved ones. Read his full remarks here.
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Burgess Statement on House Passage of Legislation to Fight Opioid Epidemic
Posted by Lesley Fulop on May 13, 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 regarding the passage of legislation to combat the opioid epidemic by the House of Representatives. 

“This week the people’s House took a significant step in confronting our nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. The devastating impact of addiction and abuse has been felt in every community across America—the bills passed this week put in place the tools necessary to fight this crisis and win.

“The House’s response to this public health threat strikes a careful balance to ensure that we do not obstruct patients’ access to pain medication that they truly need. It is more important than ever that we arm doctors with the accurate, complete, and up-to-date information they need to prescribe controlled substances for their patients appropriately.

“While we must act accordingly to ensure that these powerful pain medications do not fall into the hands of abusers, we must be sure that those experiencing chronic pain, particularly our veterans, can still access their medication.”

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Vetting Syrian Refugees
Posted by on May 5, 2016


Following the Obama Administration's vow to speed up efforts to admit Syrian refugees into the U.S., Dr. Burgess remarks on his efforts to require all refugees accepted into the country to undergo an extensive and appropriate vetting process to ensure the safety of all Americans. Read his full remarks here.
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Burgess Statement on Suspension of Cruz Presidential Bid
Posted by Lesley Fulop on May 4, 2016

Lake Dallas, TX — 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 on the suspension of Senator Cruz’s 2016 Presidential campaign.

“Congratulations to the Cruz camp for fighting the good fight. Senator Cruz has been a dedicated leader of the Republican party and I have an immense amount of respect for him and his family. I endorsed Senator Cruz early on for the Presidency because I believe that he is a strong and proven conservative leader that would have made an exceptional President.

But the people have spoken and now we must turn our focus to the general election. It is critical that the Republican party unites to take back the White House in 2017 and ensure that our country is not subject to a detrimental Clinton Administration. As I have said before, I plan to put all of my support behind the Republican nominee and do whatever is asked of me to ensure a Republican is elected President.”

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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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