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Burgess Praises CHGME Law Named for Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks
Posted by on September 18, 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 signed the Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018 into law.

“The bipartisan Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018 will ensure that children in Texas and around the country continue to have access to highly-trained pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists,” said Dr. Burgess. “As one of her students, I am grateful that this law is named in honor of Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks – a trailblazing pediatric surgeon and Lewisville native. It is a fitting tribute to an outstanding surgeon, who I imagine would be glad to see her name on a law that will help another generation of physicians to excel. I also am grateful to my fellow Texan Rep. Gene Green for his work authoring this legislation with me, and to President Trump for helping to steward this vital reauthorization across the finish line.”

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Being Ready in North Texas
Posted by Emma Thomson on September 14, 2018
As communities across the country prepare for severe weather, Dr. Burgess provides resources to help North Texans be ready for any emergency they may face. For further updates and information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), please visit Ready.gov

Read his full remarks here
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Dr. Burgess Questions Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
Posted by on September 5, 2018

During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Dr. Burgess asked the tech leader how Twitter moderates the content included in the large number of tweets posted each day.
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Weekly Address: Supporting American Workers
Posted by Emma Thomson on September 1, 2018

Each year, Labor Day is an opportunity to consider how American workers are building a strong foundation for their families while contributing to the advancement of our economy. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess reflects on his work to build American jobs for American workers at American wages.

Read his full remarks here.
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Special Address: Remembering John McCain
Posted by Emma Thomson on August 31, 2018

This week our nation lost a great American hero and public servant. Senator John McCain selflessly served our nation – first in the Navy and then in the United States Senate. In this special address, Dr. Burgess reflects on the life and legacy on Senator McCain. Read his full remarks here

 

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Burgess Travels to Central America, Seeks Solutions to Secure Borders and Prevent Dangerous Crossings
Posted by Emma Thomson on August 30, 2018

Lake Dallas, T.X. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, last week traveled to Central America in a continuation of his work to seek meaningful solutions to our nation’s immigration crisis. He visited El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to learn firsthand about the immigration, humanitarian, and energy challenges in this region.

Since 2014, the United States has received a large number of unaccompanied alien minors who have fled from the nations of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Those who attempt to reach the United States border from these nations face a dangerous journey, including potential violence from gangs and other hazards. In order to help prevent such perilous journeys and end the dangerous practice of illegal border crossings, Dr. Burgess is committed to working with the Trump Administration and fellow Members of Congress to find permanent solutions for the humanitarian crises in the nations of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

“Sovereign nations must prioritize the defense of their borders. As we seek to reverse the current crisis on our southern border, we should consider why families in Central America send their children on a dangerous journey to America without the benefit of citizenship,” said Dr. Burgess. “I am encouraged by USAID’s current work to end the cycle of this humanitarian crisis, but there is more to be done. Foreign leaders must be held accountable for the wellbeing of their fellow citizens. Aid can be a powerful motivator, particularly when its availability is tied to a nation’s efforts to create a safe home for its people. America’s foreign aid funds are much better spent helping to provide a safe home for children in Central American countries than spent caring for these children in taxpayer-funded shelters once they reach our borders.”


Throughout the region, poverty and corruption contribute significantly to humanitarian deficiencies; however, each nation is taking an individual approach to ending the factors that spur human migration. Below are several highlights from each leg of Dr. Burgess’ trip.

El Salvador




In San Salvador, Dr. Burgess received in-depth briefings from embassy staff and met with local authorities, including Zacatecoluca Mayor Francisco Hirezi, members from the Crime Prevention Committee, and USAID staff, to discuss efforts to promote safety.

Additionally, he toured both the Sports Center Hato Hasbunand, an outreach center for migrants, as well as a Reception Center for Migrants. During this visit, Dr. Burgess met with a number of immigration officials and youth beneficiaries. 

Honduras




Dr. Burgess met with a number of officials during his time in Honduras, including First Lady Ana García Carías and her taskforce to address irregular immigration, Minister of Human Rights Karla Cueva, and representatives from USAID. During his visit, Dr. Burgess was encouraged by the Honduran leaders’ commitment to the young people of their nation and their efforts to end emigration from their country.




While in Honduras, Dr. Burgess also toured the Joint Task Force Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base, where he met with American servicemembers.

Guatemala



In Guatemala City, Dr. Burgess traveled to the USAID-supported Shelter Amor Sin Fronteras, where he met staff members and the young girls in their care.






He also toured a Migration Reception Center where he met with immigration officials and learned about the process of receiving Guatemalan immigrants upon return to their home country.

For more on Dr. Burgess’ work to secure America’s borders, please see his latest Floor speech and his op-ed in The Daily Signal.

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Burgess Statement on Senator John McCain
Posted by on August 25, 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 the life and legacy of Senator John McCain.

“Senator John McCain was an American hero who dedicated his life to serving the American people. From a POW camp in Vietnam to the halls of the Russell Senate Office Building, Senator McCain embodied the American spirit of patriotism, dedication, and service. A proven warrior, Senator McCain used his influence in Congress to fight for veterans and members of the Armed Forces, his fellow Arizonans, and all Americans.

“During the 2008 presidential election, it was a privilege to work alongside Senator McCain as he shaped his health policy platform. Despite falling short of the White House, there is no question Senator McCain made an indelible impression on the American people. His servant-hearted leadership and service will be deeply missed in the halls of Congress and around the country. I extend my condolences to Cindy, the McCain family, and all who knew him.”

 

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Serving North Texas
Posted by Emma Thomson on August 24, 2018

From conducting constituent case work to nominating students for U.S. Service Academies and recognizing outstanding veterans, Dr. Burgess provides a variety of services to North Texans. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess shares information about constituent services that are available to all residents of the 26th District. To learn more about this work, please visit burgess.house.gov.

Read his full remarks here
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Dr. Burgess: Securing the Border Is the Most Humane Policy
Posted by Emma Thomson on August 17, 2018

OpEd: Securing the Border Is the Most Humane Policy
By: Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. 
August 17, 2018


Each month, as many as tens of thousands stream across our southern border from Central American countries  without obtaining legal status. Thousands are unaccompanied alien children who have completed a perilous journey before even having reached the Rio Grande.

All Americans can agree that this is a problem. Our immigration system is broken.

From the numbers, we know that America is the most generous country in the world. Through our nation’s legal immigration process, we welcome well over a million immigrants—people who follow the correct immigration process and abide by our laws—into America each year.

Despite this generosity, we have a severe problem with illegal immigration. As we consider the ongoing crisis on our southern border, it is fair to ask how we got to this point.

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Read more at The Daily Signal

 

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Delivering on Promises
Posted by on August 13, 2018

Reflecting on the first half of 2018, Dr. Burgess gives an update on his work to improve health care for all Americans. Read his full remarks here
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