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Weekly Address: Update on Hurricane Relief
Posted by on October 13, 2017
Dr. Burgess gives an update on Congress' work to help hurricane victims, including disaster relief for Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey. Read his full remarks here.
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Texas Delegation Secures $15 Billion In Disaster Funds In Emergency Funding Bill
Posted by on October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – After a late night meeting with leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives, and consulting with Governor Abbott, members of the Texas delegation have identified nearly $15 billion of emergency funding for Texas to be included in the emergency disaster funding bill expected to be voted on later today in the House.

In a telephone call with members of the Texas Delegation, Governor Abbott expressed his commitment to continuing to work with the Texas Congressional Delegation and Congressional Leadership to ensure that Texas has the resources needed to recover and rebuild.

The measure includes $11 billion to pay anticipated claims for flood insurance for Texans victims of Hurricane Harvey, and an estimated $4 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund for Texas. The new FEMA funding for Texas will provide direct housing assistance, home repairs, debris removal and public assistance grants to eligible communities to begin repairs of roads, utility work, schools and public buildings.

The flood insurance program is expected to run out of money within weeks – meaning Texas claims would not be paid – and FEMA funding will be exhausted soon due to the faster than expected drawdown to address Hurricane Maria claims.

In addition to the $15 billion, Texas cities will also have access to a $4.9 billion pool for grants for Community Disaster Loans.  These loans help communities with revenue losses due to disasters, so the communities can pay for police and fire protection and other critical local needs during their recovery.

“Our top priority is to make money doesn’t run out in the next few weeks for Texas homeowners eager to rebuild their homes, as well as communities counting on FEMA funding for temporary housing, debris removal and infrastructure repairs for roads and schools”, said Representatives John Culberson of Houston, John Carter of Round Rock, and Kay Granger of Fort Worth, chairmen of key Appropriations Committee panels in Congress. “These emergency needs require action right now or a lot of Texans will be hurt. We are keeping our eyes focused on the long term recovery needs for Texas, which could exceed $100 billion and we will continue to work closely with Governor Abbott and our community leaders to secure that funding in the weeks ahead.”

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Burgess Statement on Visit to Puerto Rico’s Medical Facilities
Posted by on October 11, 2017

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 his visit to Puerto Rico on Monday, during which he toured hospitals and met with key health officials to assess the status of Puerto Rico’s medical infrastructure following recent hurricanes.

“I am deeply concerned about the medical system in Puerto Rico as it recovers from the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria. On Monday, I heard from physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators about their concerns for Puerto Rico’s medical infrastructure. As the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, I want to ensure the subcommittee will do its job to help our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.” 

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Burgess Statement on the Advancement of Key Health Bills
Posted by on October 5, 2017

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 the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced nine important health care bills last night, including the HEALTHY KIDS Act that will extend funding for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  

“Last night, the Energy and Commerce Committee voted to advance important pieces of health care legislation that will extend vital, bipartisan safety net programs for the nation’s most vulnerable populations. These programs, including SCHIP, Community Health Center Funding, the National Health Service Corps, and the Special Diabetes Program are important programs that have proven incredibly effective at connecting individuals in medically underserved areas to care, and I am appreciative of the work that we all have put into the Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act (HEALTHY KIDS) and the Community Health and Medical Professionals Improve Our Nation Act (CHAMPION), which allow for us to continue these programs.

“Additionally, I am pleased to see the advancement of the Steve Gleason Enduring Voices Act. As a physician, I understand the vital role of communication between medical professionals and patients and their caregivers. This commonsense legislation would make coverage of speech generating devices under ‘routinely purchased durable medical equipment’ permanent under the Medicare program, helping aid ease of communication for people with degenerative diseases.”

Additional information about the markup is available from the Energy and Commerce Committee here.

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Weekly Address: Tax Reform
Posted by on September 29, 2017
Dr. Burgess discusses plans to update the tax code for the first time since 1986, resulting in more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks for hardworking American families. Read his full remarks here
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Burgess Statement on the Resignation of Secretary Price
Posted by on September 29, 2017

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement thanking Secretary Tom Price for his service to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).   

“Secretary Price has been a steadfast public servant during his years in the House and most recently as the leader at HHS. As a fellow physician, I admire his dedication to his patients, the people of Georgia, and all Americans. It has been a pleasure to serve with Dr. Price in Congress, and I wish my friend all the best in his future endeavors.”

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Weekly Address: Appropriations Update
Posted by on September 22, 2017

Dr. Burgess discusses the appropriations process and key investments included in the funding bill for fiscal year 2018. Read his full remarks here
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Dr. Burgess Joins WFAA's "Inside Texas Politics"
Posted by on September 18, 2017
Dr. Burgess joined WFAA's "Inside Texas Politics" to discuss border security and the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.
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Weekly Address: Supporting Emergency Responders
Posted by on September 15, 2017
In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess reflects on the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, and discusses new legislation to support firefighters. Read his full remarks here
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Burgess Statement on Inclusion of a NASPER Funding Amendment in the FY18 Appropriations Process
Posted by on September 13, 2017

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 the acceptance of his NASPER Funding Amendment to H.R. 3354.

“Last night I offered an amendment to provide funding to the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) program. NASPER supports the utilization of prescription drug monitoring programs, which help coordinate prescribing practices between providers and pharmacists, so that prescription opioids can remain solely in the hands of the intended patient. Up until this point, NASPER has not been funded by Appropriators, and as a result, our country has been unable to utilize this life-saving tool. Congress must prioritize programs like NASPER that are preventive and can ensure that errant prescribers and bad actors do not fall through the cracks. If we want to end this epidemic, we must finally commit resources to programs that will promote prevention and encourage safer prescribing of prescription drugs.”

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