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Reps. Burgess and Davis Statement on Sickle Cell Bill Headed to POTUS’ Desk
Posted by on December 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Danny Davis (D- IL) released the following statement after the House passed S. 2465, Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2018. For several years, Reps. Burgess and Davis have partnered together to introduce bipartisan legislation in the House to combat this deadly disease.

“As a physician who cared for patients with sickle cell disease at Parkland Hospital, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating effect it can have. The Sickle Cell Disease and Other Heritable Blood Disorders Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act provides an important step forward in ensuring that we have the resources to better understand this disease and to maintain access to services for those affected by it,” said Dr. Burgess. “I am grateful to Congressman Davis and Senators Scott and Booker for their leadership on this issue, and I encourage President Trump to sign this lifesaving law expeditiously.” 

“This bipartisan legislation remains a health care priority because more than two million Americans, mostly of African descent, have the Sickle Cell trait and more than 70,000 have Sickle Cell Disease (SCD),” said Rep. Davis. “Every year 130 additional Illinois children are diagnosed with SCD.  It has been my privilege to partner with Dr. Burgess on finding critical new resources to further research and treatment of Sickle Cell since 2003. With the passage of this legislation today we are helping to extend lives and move science closer to a real cure.”

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Reps. Burgess and Herrera Beutler Praise House Passage of Maternal Mortality Bill
Posted by on December 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1318, Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018. Rep. Herrera Beutler’s bill will address the complex issue of maternal mortality by enabling states to form maternal mortality review committees to evaluate, improve, and standardize their maternal death data.

“All pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated deaths are tragic, and some are preventable. Every one of us must do a better job ensuring quality care for mothers throughout pregnancy and during the post-partum period,” said Dr. Burgess. “As an OB/GYN for nearly three decades and chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, I believe it should be a national goal to eliminate all preventable maternal deaths - a single one is too many. For families in North Texas and around the country, the passage of this bill has personal significance, and I am grateful that many have contributed their voices to this effort. I thank Rep. Herrera Beutler for her dedication to our nation’s mothers and for shining light on this critical issue. The Senate should consider this bill and send it to President Trump’s desk as soon as possible.” 

“Today marks an important day in addressing our country’s maternal mortality crisis, as this is the largest step Congress has taken to date to reverse it. By providing states with resources to investigate every maternal death, we can begin to tackle this troubling trend and take appropriate interventions to prevent such tragedies in the future,” said Rep. Herrera Beutler. “As a mom and a lawmaker, this is personal to me and it was an honor to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to lead this life-saving measure successfully through the House. We must improve our understanding of why moms are dying in pregnancy and childbirth so we can then unleash every possible resource to protect women in this critical season of life. I hope the Senate will take swift action to pass this critical legislation so we can send it to the President’s desk.”

For further information, please see the full text of H.R. 1318.

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Burgess Maternity Care Bill Heads to President Trump’s Desk
Posted by on December 7, 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 the Senate advanced H.R. 315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act. Dr. Burgess introduced this legislation on January 5, 2017 and it passed unanimously in the House on January 9, 2017.

“As an OB/GYN who spent nearly three decades providing care to mothers and babies in North Texas, I am delighted that my bill to expand access to maternity care is headed to President Trump’s desk to become the law of the land. With yesterday’s Senate passage, we have come one step closer to delivering the quality, consistent maternity care that helps to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy regardless of where a woman lives. I look forward to seeing President Trump sign this lifesaving bill into law as soon as possible.” 

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Dr. Burgess Joins Lone Star Politics
Posted by on December 2, 2018
Late last week, Dr. Burgess joined NBC 5's Julie Fine and Brian Curtis to discuss Congress' tasks in the final weeks of the 115th Congress and his work to serve North Texans. 
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Burgess Statement on the Life of President George H.W. Bush
Posted by on December 1, 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 extraordinary life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush.  

“Along with a grateful nation, I celebrate the life of former President George H.W. Bush, who lived out American values on the front lines of our nation’s history. As the youngest naval aviator to serve in World War II, he defended his country in the Pacific theater at one of its darkest hours. From the Yale baseball diamond to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to the streets of Beijing to the halls of the White House, President Bush led a life of humble leadership, courage, and conviction. Though he held many prestigious positions, he will be long remembered for the roles he held most dear: as a devoted husband to Barbara Pierce and a loving father and grandfather. President Bush made an indelible mark on Americans across the nation. There is no doubt that the State of Texas, the United States of America, and the global community are better because of George H.W. Bush, and we are grateful to his family for sharing him with us.”

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Dr. Burgess on Priorities to Fund the Government and Defend the Nation
Posted by on November 30, 2018

Dr. Burgess joined the "Evening Edit" on Fox Business to discuss the need to fund the government and invest in border security to protect the American people.
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Dr. Burgess Discusses the Critical Need for Border Security
Posted by on November 28, 2018

In an interview with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo, Dr. Burgess emphasized the critical need to complete the border wall, enforce immigration laws, and strengthen America's national security. They also discussed the state of the American economy and their outlook for the 116th Congress.
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Burgess Statement on the Migrant Caravan
Posted by on November 27, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement on the migrant caravan.

"My foremost priority is to protect my fellow Texans and the American people. As we have seen, some members of the migrant caravan have resorted to violence as they attempted to force their way across the southern border. Considering that America generously welcomes more than a million immigrants each year, such lawlessness is a flagrant disservice to legitimate asylum seekers and those who play by the rules. As a nation, we must ensure that our immigration laws are enforced. I will continue to work alongside President Trump to secure America’s borders, restore order at ports of entry, and protect legitimate asylum seekers.”

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Dr. Burgess Special Address: Giving Thanks
Posted by on November 21, 2018

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, Americans have much for which to give thanks. In this special address, Dr. Burgess reflects on our nation's many blessings. Read his full remarks here
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Burgess Statement on DOD’s First Agency-Wide Audit
Posted by on November 16, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the below statement on the Department of Defense’s (DOD) first-ever agency-wide audit.

“The American military is the arsenal of our democracy, and it is imperative that Congress has an accurate understanding of its resources. American taxpayers have the right to know what we've bought, how much it cost, where it is, whether it's working, and what we need for the future. The Pentagon must be held to the same level of accountability as other agencies when it comes to the spending of taxpayer dollars. Quite simply, the national defense is too important to remain a black box.

“After almost thirty years of neglecting to complete a required audit, it is encouraging that the DOD has at last followed through on its obligation to the American people. Despite failing the audit, its completion provides a much-needed baseline from which to begin additional oversight. As Congress seeks to rebuild our Armed Forces, it is more important than ever to ensure that the DOD is working to meet its full potential. To best serve our men and women in uniform, we must guarantee that funding is allocated where needed most. Though much oversight work remains, this is a positive step forward.”

Background:
In 1990, Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act requiring every department and agency in the federal government to produce verifiable financial statements that can be fully audited. Until this year, the Department of Defense was the only agency that failed to complete this task.

For nearly five years, Dr. Burgess has been committed to ensuring that the DOD is a responsible steward of American taxpayer dollars. Since 2015, his amendment to require an agency-wide audit has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act.

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