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Dr. Burgess Special Memorial Day Address
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 29, 2017

At the WWII Memorial, Dr. Burgess thanks the many service members from North Texas and around the country who bear the burden of protecting our liberty and freedom. To read a full copy of his remarks, click here
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Dr. Burgess Weekly Video Address: Remembering American Service Members on Memorial Day
Posted by on May 26, 2017


Dr. Burgess discusses the importance of remembering American service members on Memorial Day, and ensuring that veterans receive the best possible care.

To read a copy of his remarks, click here.
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Dr. Burgess Joins MSNBC's "For the Record"
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 25, 2017


Dr. Burgess joins MSNBC's "For the Record" to discuss the new CBO score and the American Health Care Act.
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Dr. Burgess Joins CNN's "New Day"
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 25, 2017


Dr. Burgess joins CNN's "New Day" to discuss the new CBO score and the American Health Care Act.
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Dr. Burgess Speaks on Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 25, 2017


Dr. Burgess speaks about efforts to stop human trafficking on the House Floor, and thanks the Denton County Sheriff's office for their work to end this abuse.
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Burgess Announces Winners of 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 24, 2017

Lake Dallas, TX – Today, Congressman Michael Burgess (TX-26) announced the winner of the fifteenth annual 26th Congressional District art competition. The art competition was open to public, private and home-schooled high school students residing in or attending schools in the district. Ms. Scout Streit, a junior art student of Kathy Toews at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, won the Grand Prize in the 2017 competition with her color photograph entitled “Allegiance.” 

“This contest is designed to highlight the artistic achievements of our local high school students and to share the results of those talents with our area and the rest of the country,” said Burgess. “Scout’s work makes the 26th District proud. She is a very talented young woman with a tremendous gift.” 

Congressman Burgess honored the finalists at a reception at the Patterson-Appleton Art Center in Denton hosted by the art competition’s co-sponsor, The Greater Denton Arts Council.  The juried competition was judged by professional artist, Millie Giles. 

For the sixth year, entries were submitted digitally by art teachers on behalf of their students. A “Texas Choice” winner was selected by popular vote in the virtual gallery on Congressman Burgess’ website. Ms. Ashlyn Brightly was the winner of this category for her artwork entitled “Blooming Wood.” She is a senior at Flower Mound High School and her art instructor is Jason Hyde.

In addition, the jurist reviewed the posted artwork and determined the contest finalists based upon artistic merit. She selected a “Best of School” Award for one student from each school based on her appraisal of their work. The Juror's Award was based on her appraisal of artwork that had a high level of artistic merit and execution ranking under that of the Best of School Award. These students were also finalists in the competition.

These 25 finalists delivered their artwork to be physically and visually judged for the Grand Prize and First Place.  All of the finalists were publicly recognized at the reception by Congressman Burgess with a “Certificate of Congressional Recognition.”

As the Grand Prize winner, Scout will have her artwork displayed for an entire year in the U.S. Capitol and has the opportunity to attend the national ceremony in Washington, DC in June. The ceremony will honor the winning artists from congressional districts all over the country. In addition, Ms. Julia Adkins, a junior at Flower Mound High School and a student of Suzanne McLeod, won First Place for her photograph entitled “Children of Kenya.” Julia will have her artwork displayed in Congressman Burgess’ Lake Dallas district office for the next year. 

 “Congratulations are in order for Scout, Ashlyn, and Julia for their creative achievements,” said Burgess. “I was pleased to bring this worthwhile art program to the high school students of the 26th District and look forward to next year’s competition.”

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: The Importance of Oversight in Congress
Posted by on May 19, 2017

Dr. Burgess discusses the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's efforts to obtain former FBI Director Comey's memo on General Flynn, as well as the importance of oversight in Congress as a constitutional responsibility. To read a copy of his remarks, click here.
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Burgess Statement on the Advancement of FDA User Fee Reauthorization and Two Bipartisan Public Health Bills
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 19, 2017
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement on the unanimous passage of three bills out of the Subcommittee yesterday, May 18, 2017. The markup included two public health bills: H.R. 1222, the Congenital Heart Futures Reauthorization Act of 2017 and H.R. 2410, the Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention, and Treatment Act of 2017. The markup also included H.R. 2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act (FDARA) of 2017, which reauthorizes several user fee programs at the Food and Drug Administration. 

“Each of these bills will improve care for Americans from all walks of life. The Subcommittee has worked hard to advance these efforts. In particular, the advancement of the FDA Reauthorization Act is just the latest step in nearly two years of work by the FDA, Congress, and the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries. This bipartisan bill will ensure that FDA has the resources necessary to get medical treatments and cures to patients and health care providers as quickly as possible. 

“As a physician who cared for patients with sickle cell disease at Parkland Hospital, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating effect this disease can have on people. The Sickle Cell Disease 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 sickle cell disease.” 


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