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Burgess Priorities Included in National Defense Authorization
Posted by on December 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health released the follow statement after passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

"President Trump promised to rebuild our military," Burgess said. "This NDAA provides the framework to do just that."

"The National Defense Authorization Act is a bipartisan agreement to provide a 3.1% pay raise for our troops, reform privatized military housing, continue rebuilding readiness, provide security assistance to our allies, and hold the Pentagon accountable through reports on auditability. The bill also protects the homeland by including my language requiring an effort to identify hostile International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers, or Stingrays, which are used to locate and spy on Americans. Last, the NDAA repeals the widow’s tax and prohibits the use of a type of chemical known as PFAS in firefighting foam after October 2024. I am pleased to support this bipartisan agreement to maintain the strongest military in the world."

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Burgess hosts Vistra Energy at Energy and Commerce Republicans’ Energy and Environment Showcase
Posted by on December 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health invited Vistra Energy to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Republicans’ Energy and Environment Showcase today. 

“Vistra Energy is a leader in energy innovation,” Burgess said. “I appreciate Vistra’s efforts to provide their community with safe, reliable, and clean energy. During the showcase, Vistra will be highlighting the importance of choice when it comes to energy consumption.” 

“This showcase is focused on reducing the barriers to innovation and providing us with the opportunity to learn about new technologies. These technologies will strengthen our energy security, power the economic engines of the future and give reasonable solutions to climate change.” 

 
The showcase highlights the efforts being made by Republicans to put forward plausible solutions for climate change. By focusing on providing a variety of clean and affordable options for energy consumption, Congress will be able to address this important issue. Heavy-handed mandates hurt energy choice, increase price, and stifle innovation.

Other presenters at the showcase include NET Power, NuScale Power, and the United States Army. 

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Kicking the Can Down the Road
Posted by on November 22, 2019

This week, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to fund the government for the next four weeks. This keeps the government open, but at last year’s funding level. While we were able to avoid a government shutdown for a period of time, a Continuing Resolution hurts our agencies and departments because they cannot plan for the future. Plus, there is no way for the government to efficiently contract with suppliers. 

Authorizing appropriations is a power vested in Congress. We must not delay our responsibility to budget and provide funding for the federal government.  

Instead of taking the time to focus on what Americans need, Congress is prioritizing non-legislative activities. Congress has allowed itself to be held hostage by partisan games to gain political leverage. 
 
To read his full remarks, click here.
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Special Edition: The Saga Continues
Posted by on November 14, 2019

Here are my takeaway from the impeachment hearing that took place on November 13, 2019:

1. During the 51 days since Speaker Pelosi announced the inquiry, Representative Adam Schiff has been leading the investigation behind the seat of his Chairmanship on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Until yesterday, every hearing was behind closed doors and little information was released to the public. 
2. Ukraine did not know aid was being withheld and Ukraine did receive the aid in September 2019. 
3. Republicans are not able to bring forward their own witnesses.

To read my full remarks, click here.
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Thank you to our veterans in North Texas and across this nation!
Posted by on November 11, 2019
 
As we reflect on this Veterans' Day, I am reminded of the words of President George W. Bush: "Americans are forever indebted to the men and women who have bravely worn the uniform of the United States in defense of our freedom. Through their service, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, our veterans have developed unique and valuable skills. They are a priceless national asset who have a lot more to offer our country as civilians.”

It was a privilege for me to honor five veterans from our communities as recipients of the 2019 26th District Congressional Veteran Commendation at the Highland Village Business Association "Saluting Our Veterans" Luncheon. 

Our veterans of wars past and present are the best our nation has to offer and make us all proud to be Americans. I cannot express my gratitude for everything they have done for our country. 
 
Let us remember to always be grateful for those who choose to take up arms in name of this great nation.
 
May God bless our veterans and soldiers, you all and your families, and may God bless America. 


As we reflect on this Veterans' Day, I am reminded of the words of President George W. Bush: "Americans are forever indebted to the men and women who have bravely worn the uniform of the United States in defense of our freedom. Through their service, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, our veterans have developed unique and valuable skills. They are a priceless national asset who have a lot more to offer our country as civilians.”

As we reflect on this Veterans' Day, I am reminded of the words of President George W. Bush: "Americans are forever indebted to the men and women who have bravely worn the uniform of the United States in defense of our freedom. Through their service, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, our veterans have developed unique and valuable skills. They are a priceless national asset who have a lot more to offer our country as civilians.”

As we reflect on this Veterans' Day, I am reminded of the words of President George W. Bush: "Americans are forever indebted to the men and women who have bravely worn the uniform of the United States in defense of our freedom. Through their service, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, our veterans have developed unique and valuable skills. They are a priceless national asset who have a lot more to offer our country as civilians.”

As we reflect on this Veterans' Day, I am reminded of the words of President George W. Bush: "Americans are forever indebted to the men and women who have bravely worn the uniform of the United States in defense of our freedom. Through their service, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, our veterans have developed unique and valuable skills. They are a priceless national asset who have a lot more to offer our country as civilians.”

As we reflect on this Veterans' Day, I am reminded of the words of President George W. Bush: "Americans are forever indebted to the men and women who have bravely worn the uniform of the United States in defense of our freedom. Through their service, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, our veterans have developed unique and valuable skills. They are a priceless national asset who have a lot more to offer our country as civilians.”

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Burgess Recognizes Local Veterans Service to Our Nation
Posted by on November 8, 2019
Highland Village, TX – Today, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, presented five former U.S. Armed Forces members with the 2019 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation (CVC). The CVC, established in 2005, honors distinguished veterans who have continued their dedication to the nation by serving their local communities after selflessly serving their country in combat.

Photo: (left to right) Robert Kohankie, Sharon Balsley, James Trombley, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, Tom Kim, Carlos Gallardo

This year’s commendations were presented at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon hosted by the City of Highland Village and the Highland Village Business Association. Nominations were received from the community and veterans’ organizations. The five recipients of the 2019 Congressional Commendation are:
  • Sharon Balsley – US Army (Corinth)
  •  Carlos Gallardo – US Air Force (Frisco) 
  • Tom Kim -US Navy (Highland Village)
  • Robert Kohankie II – US Navy (Flower Mound) 
  • James Trombley – US Marine Corps (Frisco)

“While these selfless patriots may have retired their service uniforms, they are not finished serving our nation and our community,” said Burgess. “The caliber of this year’s nominations was truly outstanding. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to all of the nominees for their service to our country.”

“Our nation is truly blessed to have had such fine men and women answer the call to duty. As our armed forces bear the burden of protecting our liberty and freedom, our veterans deserve all of the respect and care that our country has to offer.”

Each recipient had their narrative read by Congressman Burgess, and he presented them with their commendation and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol. 

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Weekly Address: H.Res. 660 – Rules Impeachment Resolution Floor Statement
Posted by on November 1, 2019

By the continued pursuit of this impeachment inquiry, Congress is forgoing our responsibility to provide real solutions for Americans. This week, I went to the house floor to express my concern about this investigation and the lack of transparency. 

Read his full remarks here.


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ICYMI: Burgess talks Impeachment with WBAP 820’s Rick Roberts Show
Posted by on October 31, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) joined WBAP 820’s Rick Roberts Show to discuss the upcoming impeachment inquiry vote happening this week.

Highlights:

It should have started this way: “You don’t start an impeachment proceeding with a press conference, that’s what Pelosi did four weeks ago. This should have been the first item that was covered, deciding on the rules of this investigation.”
Its not the same: “You know they say it is the same as the Clinton language, not it’s not. The Clinton language the Republicans were very fair, and both Republicans and Democrats could subpoena. In this language the Republican head of the Judiciary Committee can request that the chairman subpoena someone, but if the chairman disagrees, they put it to a vote in the committee, well guess what they’ve got the votes to vote down anything. It’s a kangaroo court, it’s a Soviet style star chamber, anyway you want to cut it.”
Process is still not transparent: “They say they want it to be an open and transparent process, well if you want that don’t do it in the Intelligence Committee. We can’t look at it if you do that.”

To listen to his full interview, click here.

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Burgess, Eshoo introduce Ready Reserve Legislation
Posted by on October 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), leaders of the Subcommittee on Health for the Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statements on the United States Public Health Service Modernization Act of 2019 that they introduced.

“This legislation builds on the great work of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 by empowering the Ready Reserve Corps,” Rep. Burgess said. “It is essential that we address the challenges of ensuring there are health care professionals on standby to provide quality care during disease outbreaks and natural disasters. We must remember that infectious diseases are a serious threat in our global community, and the United States must remain prepared and ready to respond. Much of public health is local and executed on the ground by our hospitals, health departments, and emergency responders who are our front lines addressing infectious diseases, disasters, and threats, and our Ready Reserve Corps plays a critical role in executing those missions.”

“I’m pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation with Rep. Burgess that ensures the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Corps has the resources it needs to respond to public health crises and national emergencies,” Rep. Eshoo said. “Our legislation creates a standing reserve of public health professionals, enabling USPHS to keep current projects on track while deploying health professionals where they’re needed most during crises. As our nation faces an increasing number of natural and manmade disasters, it is critical that our public health infrastructure is equipped to meet emergent demands without jeopardizing the important, everyday work of USPHS in our communities.”

This legislation is a technical fix that allows the Ready Reserve Corps members to be paid the retirement benefits they have earned. The Ready Reserve Corps serves an important function as America’s uniformed service of public health professionals that assist in public health crises.

The Ready Reserve Corps serves as the frontline for protecting our nation’s public health. The Corps:

  • Provides essential health care services to underserved and vulnerable communities;
  • Deploys during public health emergences;
  • Leads public health programs and policy development; and
  • Advances science and innovation to fight against critical health issues facing our nation such as the opioid epidemic, mental health, lead contamination, and food safety.

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Burgess Statement on E&C Republican Leader Greg Walden
Posted by on October 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden’s announcement that he will be retiring at the end of the 116th Congress. 

“While sad to hear the news of Leader Greg Walden’s retirement,” Burgess said, “I look forward to working with him for the remainder of this Congress to accomplish the leader’s priorities.”

Greg Walden has a proven, successful track record of leadership and reaching across the aisle to accomplish meaningful legislation. I have enjoyed working with him to build upon the Energy and Commerce Committee’s record of success.

Over the years, Greg and I have fought to provide solutions for everyday Americans. Through Greg’s leadership we championed the SUPPORT Act. This law was a bipartisan effort to put an end to the opioid crisis facing many communities throughout our country.

Before coming to Congress, Greg owned and operated radio stations in Hood River and The Dalles. I credit his radio voice for being able to properly and strongly put forward conservative arguments.

Greg understood the importance of listening to both sides of the argument and through his leadership as chairman for the Energy and Commerce Committee, 93 percent of the bills approved by committee proceeded to the floor with bipartisan support.

We are losing a leader and a fighter for the American people with this announcement. I appreciate his many years of dedicated service to our country, and I wish him and Mylene many happy years during the next chapter of their lives.”

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