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Rep. Burgess, Sen. Scott Introduce “Copper Plan” Bill
Posted by Emma Thomson on June 15, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) recently introduced the Increasing Access to Care Act, legislation aimed at increasing the affordability of health care for American families by permitting individuals to purchase “copper level” health insurance coverage. Last year, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced companion legislation of the same title.

"With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, Americans have been severely limited – if not functionally uninsured – by sky-high premiums and inaccessible health care rates. This bill will give American families more options and the freedom to choose health insurance that makes the most sense for them,” said Dr. Burgess. “I appreciate Senator Scott’s partnership in this work to restore affordable health care choices and liberty to the American people.”

“Our goal should be to help our families gain greater access to affordable and flexible healthcare plans that meet their individual needs,” said Sen. Scott. “That is why I introduced my bipartisan Increasing Access to Care Act as a way to ensure folks are able to choose plans that help them get the coverage they need and prevent them from falling into medical bankruptcy when emergencies happen. I am glad to see Dr. Burgess has taken on this effort in the House and we look forward to continuing to advocate for this change and give Americans the power of choice when it comes to purchasing insurance.”

For more information, please see the full text of H.R. 6050.

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: American Diplomacy in North Korea
Posted by Emma Thomson on June 15, 2018

This week the world was an eyewitness to history as President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. While this summit was a step in the right direction, Kim Jong Un must follow through on his plans to denuclearize North Korea, and establish lasting peace between North Korea and the rest of the world.  Read Dr. Burgess' full remarks here
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Burgess Statement on North Korea
Posted by on June 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after President Trump’s summit with North Korea in Singapore.

“Today’s summit in Singapore is tangible evidence that President Trump is achieving unprecedented progress with his peace-seeking efforts. Under President Trump’s leadership, this year the world witnessed Kim Jong Un cross the DMZ and embrace President Moon Jae In – an act that would have been inconceivable mere months ago. North Korea’s participation in today’s summit is an encouraging step in the right direction, and I am grateful for President Trump and Secretary Pompeo’s leadership in this process.”

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Protecting American Borders
Posted by Emma Thomson on June 8, 2018
As Congress works to find a solution for the crisis at America's southern border, Dr. Burgess remains focused on securing our nation. Read his full remarks here.
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Burgess Statement on Childhood Cancer STAR Act
Posted by on June 5, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on S. 292, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act of 2018.


Pictured: Dr. Burgess at the White House with Sadie Keller and her mother Sarah Keller

“It was a privilege to join President Trump today as he signed the Childhood Cancer STAR Act into law. Building on the work of the 21st Century Cures Act, this law will help to deliver innovative treatments – and cures – to America’s youngest cancer patients. I am grateful for the young patients and cancer survivors, including 26th District constituent and childhood cancer survivor Sadie Keller, who have shared their stories and advocated for this critical legislation. Now the law of the land, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act offers renewed hope to these children and their families, and fulfills yet another promise to the American people.”

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Weekly Address: Fighting Childhood Cancer
Posted by Emma Thomson on June 1, 2018
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed legislation to fight childhood cancer, sending it to the President's desk to be signed into law. The Childhood Cancer STAR Act invests in new research to develop treatments - and cures - for childhood cancer. Building on the work of the 21st Century Cures Act, this law will deliver hope to America's youngest cancer patients and their families. Read Dr. Burgess' full remarks here
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Burgess Announces Class of 2022 Service Academy Appointees
Posted by Emma Thomson on June 1, 2018

Lake Dallas, T.X. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, today announced the Class of 2022 Service Academy Appointees from the 26th Congressional District. This summer these young men and women will be entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, M.D., the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, C.O., and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.

"I was honored to nominate outstanding young men and women as they begin a career in service to our country,” said Dr. Burgess. “The Armed Forces are our arsenal of democracy, and our most critical resource. On behalf of the 26th Congressional District, I commend these young men and women who have pursued and accepted the call to serve.”


Pictured: Dr. Burgess and 2018 Service Academy Appointees from TX-26

Students requesting appointments to the U.S. Service Academies are evaluated rigorously on a variety of criteria including academic performance, leadership qualifications, and physical preparedness. Appointments to an academy must be preceded by a nomination from a Member of Congress, Academy Superintendent, the Vice President or a military-connected nomination.

This morning, Dr. Burgess honored these appointees at a reception hosted by The City of The Colony. During the ceremony, American Legion Holley-Riddle Post 21 presented the Colors.    

The students residing in the 26th Congressional District entering the service academies are as follows:

U.S. Military Academy                                            

Clayton Brewer (Keller)                                

Hunter Cochran (Westlake)                           

Ben McAfee (Sanger)                                    

Charles McCartney (Trophy Club)                            

Matthew Musser (North Richland Hills)

Brenden Stanton (Flower Mound)

Joshua Williams (Frisco)

U.S. Naval Academy

Duke Carrillo (Flower Mound)

Dylan Carrillo (Flower Mound)

Katherine Halbert (Keller)

Lexis Nelson (Keller) 

Nick Sigman (Frisco)

Peng Thang (Lewisville)

U.S. Air Force Academy

Rayomand Bam (Flower Mound)                              

Brayden Dragoo (Flower Mound)

Alicia Kwasny (Keller)

Moh-Julien Ntchobo (North Richland Hills)

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Hayden Grant (Trophy Club)

Michael Sobieski (Frisco)

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Burgess Statement on Right to Try
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 30, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on S. 204, the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017.

“It was an honor to join President Trump today as he signed Right to Try into law, delivering on our promise to offer renewed hope to Americans suffering from terminal illness. These patients deserve a fighting chance at life – they deserve the ‘right to try.’ It has been a privilege to play a role in this legislation’s journey from bill to law. Last year, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing with experts and sought input from patients, advocates, the Administration, and stakeholders on all sides of this issue.

“At his State of the Union address, President Trump told Congress that ‘people who are terminally ill should not have to go from country to country to seek a cure.’ Along with President Trump, I agree that we should give these Americans the right to try right here at home. It is far past time that we deliver hope to the suffering, and with the President’s signature, Right to Try is at last the law of the land.”

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Reflections on American Service
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 25, 2018
As our nation prepares for Memorial Day, there has never been a more important time to support our troops. This week, Congress authorized full funding for our Armed Forces for fiscal year 2019, because it is essential that our military have the resources they need to protect Americans at home and abroad. Read Dr. Burgess' full remarks here
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Burgess Statement on Audit the Pentagon
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 24, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.

“Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, fully funding our Armed Forces for Fiscal Year 2019. This funding will help the military continue to rebuild its equipment and improve training, after far too many years of neglect. President Trump has made this a priority for his Administration, and I stand with him to give American soldiers the best we can offer.

“At the same time, I am grateful that my Audit the Pentagon amendment was included in this year’s defense authorization. It is astonishing that the Department of Defense has not accounted for its taxpayer-funded resources. The Department of Defense is the only major agency that has not produced auditable financial statements, as required by the Chief Financial Officers Act passed 28 years ago. Congress must hold the Defense Department accountable as it works toward justifying how each taxpayer dollar is spent. We must ensure that our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to protect Americans at home and abroad.”

The Department of Defense is the only major federal agency that has not completed an audit as required by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990. The Audit the Pentagon amendment would require the Department of Defense to rank its entities in order of audit readiness.

Read the full amendment here.

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