Burgess Expresses Appreciation for Senate HELP’s Commitment to Improving Health IT
Posted by Lesley Fulop on February 11, 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 below statement following the Senate HELP Committee’s hearing to advance companion legislation to the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6).

“While there has been widespread adoption of electronic health records, this technology has failed to meaningfully improve care for providers and patients—leaving our nation’s healthcare system fragmented.

“We will not achieve the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act, precision medicine, or payment reform if health data remains immobile and unwieldy. For these reasons, my top priority is policy that will facilitate a nationwide interoperable health information system.

“I am encouraged by the concrete step forward that the Senate HELP Committee has taken with respect to its legislation to improve health information technology. I appreciate the committee’s continued prioritization of achieving an interoperable health system as members work to develop their companion legislation to the House’s 21st Century Cures Act. I remain confident that the Senate will achieve its companion innovation bill to the 21st Century Cures Act.”

The “Improving Health Information Technology Act” is the Senate companion bill to the health information technology language found in the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6). The House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act with overwhelming bipartisan support in July 2015. 

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Burgess Announces Service Academy Nominees
Posted by Lesley Fulop on February 10, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX 26) announced that twenty-six students from the 26th District of Texas have been selected as Class of 2020 nominees to our nation’s service academies. These outstanding young men and women were nominated to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.

“I was very impressed by the high caliber of candidates that applied to my office,” said Dr. Burgess. “The selection process was very competitive, and each of these students has a strong record of academic performance and leadership in school activities, sports, community and volunteer service.  I proudly nominated them for admission to our nation’s service academies.  If selected to attend their respective academies, I know each of these students will perform admirably, and serve honorably as officers in our country’s military services.”

Nominees were selected after a rigorous application process culminating in a personal interview with Dr. Burgess’ Academy Advisory Board. A congressional nomination does not guarantee admission to one of the service academies as the academies’ respective admissions boards decide who is offered appointment, and ultimately admitted. If appointed, the nominees will enter this summer.

The following candidates were nominated to the service academies. Several individuals have been nominated to multiple academies; if they receive appointment offers from more than one academy, the student will have to choose one to attend. 

Alex Albright (Lewisville ISD - Marcus High School, Flower Mound) has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy.

Zach Arcos-Honeycutt (Frisco ISD - Wakeland High School and Greystone Preparatory School) has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Danesh Bam (Lewisville ISD - Flower Mound High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Quinn Bauer (Lewisville ISD - Lewisville High School and Northwestern Preparatory School) has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Benjamin Blessing (Frisco ISD - Wakeland High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Nicholas Blessing (Frisco ISD - Wakeland High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Grant Carter (Sanger ISD - Sanger High School and North Central Texas College) has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Mitchell Cason (Lewisville ISD - Marcus High School, Flower Mound) has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

John Cox (Frisco ISD - Frisco High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy.

Christopher Dao (Carroll ISD - Carroll High School, Southlake) has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.

Honor Fusselman (Northwest ISD-Byron Nelson High School, Trophy Club and Texas A&M University) has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.

Connor Green (Lewisville ISD - Flower Mound High School and New Mexico Military Institute) has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Nicholas Haslam (Northwest ISD-Byron Nelson High School, Trophy Club) has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Cody Jones (Lewisville ISD - Flower Mound High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy.

Brian Kidd (Lewisville ISD - Flower Mound High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Samuel Kittlitz (Lewisville ISD - Lewisville High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Anthony Laico (Lewisville ISD - Flower Mound High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Charles McCartney (Westlake Academy) has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Mark Mengel (Keller ISD – Keller High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Audra Milbitz (North Central Texas College) has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Gemma Nguyen (Frisco ISD - Wakeland High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Samuel Rice (Lewisville ISD - Flower Mound High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Naval Academy.

Trey Roach (Covenant Christian Academy, Colleyville) has been nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

John Stroup (Frisco ISD - Frisco High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Kellin Tompkins (Frisco ISD - Wakeland High School and Texas A&M University) has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Kayla Wofford (Lewisville ISD - Lewisville High School) has been nominated to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Additional information regarding the academy nomination and application process may be obtained on Burgess’ website at http://burgess.house.gov or by contacting Robin Vaughan, Deputy District Director, in the Lake Dallas district office at 940-497-5031 or robin.vaughan@mail.house.gov. 
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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Obama's Failed Iran Agreement
Posted by on February 05, 2016

This week, Dr. Burgess remarks on President Obama's lax enforcement of the Iran Agreement and Iran's continued violations of the generous gift from the Obama Administration. Read his full remarks. 
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Rep. Burgess Joins Rep. Smith on Border Security Tour
Posted by Lesley Fulop on February 05, 2016

McAllen, Texas –Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today led members of the Congressional Border Security Caucus on a tour of Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S.- Mexico border. Members released the following statements:

Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “A country that has lost control of its border has lost control of its future. Despite the story the Obama administration is telling, illegal border crossings remain abnormally high. The Department of Homeland Security’s latest numbers show an increase of 30 percent over the last year’s crossings.

“Today we had the opportunity to see firsthand the challenges our border patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety officers face as they deal with the continuing surge of illegal immigrants on our Southern border. Their jobs have been made harder by this administration’s policies that have undermined our immigration laws and continue to encourage illegal immigrants.

“My colleagues and I with the Congressional Border Security Caucus have taken a strong stand- along with 26 states led by Texas – against the president’s executive amnesty orders. This year, the Supreme Court will hear that case. We will continue to stand with the American people. We will continue working to stop the surge of illegal immigrants.”

Congressman Diane Black (R-Tennessee): “We’ve known all along that our border was not secure and that the Obama Administration’s immigration policies were failing to uphold the rule of law. Now, I have seen the impact of that with my own eyes. Tennessee may not be a border state, but President Obama’s unwillingness to combat the crisis of illegal immigration is felt throughout the country, including in states like my own. This site visit with my Border Security Caucus colleagues has reaffirmed my belief that any future immigration reform must take place in a step-by-step process beginning with true enforcement of our existing laws and, at long last, real border security.”

Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Texas): “The flood of illegal immigrants on the Southern border has proven to be a mounting American crisis, greatly impacting Texas families. As Texans know all too well, the haphazard opening of our borders has caused total chaos with the influx of unaccompanied minors and strained our local communities in a truly troubling way. Today’s visit to the border has only reaffirmed my commitment to protecting and strengthening our borders, prioritizing the safety of American citizens above all. I join my fellow Republicans in calling on President Obama to halt his careless immigration policy before we reach a dangerous point of which we cannot return.”

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas): “We must take the situation at the border very seriously and the current administration is not doing that. To be here and see firsthand, to talk to the agents face-to-face, it is clear the administration is not giving agents the tools they need to do their job effectively and safely.  The Justice department isn't prosecuting people they should be prosecuting. Border security should be a top priority for this president, but is not. The president is not allowing our Border Patrol agents to do their job and that is putting every American at risk.” 

Congressman Sam Johnson (R-Texas): "While this certainly wasn't my first trip to Texas' southern border, the new surge of illegal aliens over the past few months is why I made this trip today. It's no secret that Obama's lawless executive amnesty is having devastating impacts not only on Texas border cities but across the country.  That's why I've been hard at work to stop illegal immigration and Obama’s amnesty. As part of that effort I've introduced several pieces of legislation such as my bill - the No Amnesty Tax Refunds for Illegals Act - that was just signed into law.  I and my fellow Border Caucus colleagues most sacred duty is to protect our homeland and every citizen in it.  I spent 29 years as a fighter pilot and seven as a POW doing just that.  And the House Border Caucus will continue to fight to keep America safe."

 

 

 

 

 

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Burgess Statement on Vote to Override President’s ObamaCare Veto
Posted by on February 02, 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, today issued the following statement on the House of Representatives’ vote to override the President’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 that would halt funding to Planned Parenthood and repeal substantial portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“This legislation is a materialization of the demands of the American people. Americans will no longer acquiesce while this Administration perpetuates the downward spiral into which the ACA set our nation’s health care system. The empty promises the ACA have left us with a health care system that has compromised accessibility, quality of care, and affordability.

“Today the House Republicans took a stand against President Obama, who continues to obstruct all efforts to reform the failed policies of the ACA.

“The omnibus spending package, passed late last year, excluded any appropriations of Planned Parenthood funding. The passage of this bill today was our opportunity to suspend both mandatory and discretionary funding to Planned Parenthood while the organization’s legal and ethical standards remain under investigation. As your representative in Congress, I remain dedicated to meaningful reforms that drive high quality health care options and access to care.”

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: American SAFE Act
Posted by on January 22, 2016

Dr. Burgess remarks on the failure of the Senate to pass the American SAFE Act, which would have taken the first steps to strengthen the refugee vetting process. Read his full remarks here.
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Burgess Statement Ahead of Delivery of the State of the Union
Posted by Lesley Fulop on January 12, 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 ahead of President Obama’s delivery of his final State of the Union address this evening.

“While I expect President Obama to extol his so-called legacy during his final State of the Union address, after having sat through seven of these with this president I don’t expect him to fill the room with anything other than broken promises and empty words.

“As House Republicans work towards actionable change for the betterment of America—including passing legislation to drive higher quality health care options and access to care, while shrinking the nation’s deficit—the fact that this president can only advance his agenda through executive actions shows how isolated his stances have become and how increasingly frustrated Americans are becoming with his leadership approach.”
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Burgess Releases 2015 Year-End Accomplishments Report
Posted by Lesley Fulop on January 08, 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, today released his 2015 Year-End Annual Report, a comprehensive document showcasing his legislative accomplishments, media presence, constituent services and correspondence with constituents in the 26th District of Texas.

Burgess noted that the annual year-end report is part of his commitment to transparency with his constituents and a means of reflecting on and quantifying every function of both his Washington, D.C. and Lake Dallas district offices, as well as his legislative accomplishments.

“2015 proved to be a productive and prolific year,” said Burgess. “My office was heavily involved in advancing legislation focused on protecting consumers’ personal information from data breaches, increasing patients’ access to quality health care, and demanding the accountability for the actions of Administration officials. This report acts as a vehicle to track my progress and pinpoint areas for improvement as we look ahead to the next legislative year.”

Burgess also highlighted a piece of legislation he authored that became law, H.R. 2, the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015,” which assertively repealed the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

“With bipartisan strength, in 2015, we passed the most meaningful entitlement reform in years with a product that’s a huge victory for seniors, providers, taxpayers, and the integrity of the entire Medicare system.”

The report also includes a list of statistics of Burgess’ work in 2015, including:

  • Authored and introduced 29 pieces of legislation
  • Cosponsored 163 pieces of legislation
  • Opened 547 cases on behalf of constituents
  • Received and responded to more than 67,000 pieces of constituent correspondence
  • Held or attended more than 500 events
  • Conducted over 100 television and radio interviews

Click here to view the 2015 report. Click here to view past reports.  

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: 2015 Year-End Report
Posted by on January 08, 2016


This week, Dr. Burgess discusses the 2015 Annual Year-End Report for the 26th District of Texas. To access the full report, click here. To read a copy of his remarks, click here.
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Burgess Statement on Passage of Legislation to Dismantle ObamaCare
Posted by Lesley Fulop on January 06, 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 House of Representatives’ passage of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 to halt funding to Planned Parenthood and repeal substantial portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“Today the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate sent a bill to the President’s desk that would repeal the vast majority of Affordable Care Act—this marks the first time legislation dismantling the ACA will have come before the President since it was signed into law. H.R. 3726, would also establish a moratorium on federal funding to Planned Parenthood while that organization’s compliance with legal and ethical standards is under investigation. 

“We, in Congress, have done what the American people have demanded—we have acted on our word and executed on our promises to eliminate the most oppressive, harmful components of the ACA. The failed promises of the ACA have cost the American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars in failed experiments on the nation’s healthcare system. Furthermore, this bill would reduce the national deficit by $516 billion over the next decade—an opportunity that should not be summarily dismissed at a time when our nation is crippled by debt.

“As a former practicing OB-GYN for over 30 years, I know from firsthand experience that Americans do not want Washington dictating their healthcare decisions and physicians should not be told what is best for their patients. The American people deserve a President that will work with Congress to drive higher quality health care options and access to care—this law has clearly failed to do so.”

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