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Weekly Address: Protecting Second Amendment Rights
Posted by on December 8, 2017
In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess gives an update on two bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that will strengthen Second Amendment rights. Read his full remarks here
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Tax Reform Resources
Posted by Emma Thomson on December 6, 2017
The House and the Senate both have passed versions Tax Cuts & Jobs Act. This week, Congress has proceeded to a conference committee, where we will work out the differences between the two tax reform bills. While we wait for the conference report, here are some key resources on these two bills. 

Comparing the House and Senate Versions 
A side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is available here

The House Bill 
The Washington Post published a graphic, copied below, comparing the current tax brackets with the proposed reforms in the House bill. The graphic illustrates how the GOP tax plan will reduce the number of tax brackets from the current seven to four. Read the full article and analysis here

Image credit: Washington Post

Also, the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan committee, sent a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady commenting on the changes made by H.R. 1 , the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, to the current tax code. You can read the letter in full here. The key takeaway is its conclusion that, "the combined effect of the tax rate and income threshold amendments made by the bill, along with the standard deduction, would not, in and of themselves, result in an increase in the amount of tax imposed on virtually any filer as a result of these changes."  

For more information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, please visit Congress.gov
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Weekly Address: Marking One Year of 21st Century Cures
Posted by on December 1, 2017

A year after the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act, Dr. Burgess gives an update on how this landmark law already is helping to deliver cures to American patients. Read his full remarks here
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Burgess Statement on Kate Steinle’s Murder Case
Posted by on December 1, 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 on Kate Steinle’s murder case.   

“I am saddened and angered by the verdict reached in the murder trial of Kate Steinle, a young woman who was brutally killed in 2015 by an illegal immigrant and convicted felon. From a father’s perspective, I cannot imagine the loss her family has faced. Moving forward, we must act to protect Americans from such dangerous criminals residing in our country unlawfully.

“The Department of Justice should use every resource at its disposal to enforce laws designed to keep dangerous illegal immigrants from harming American citizens. Furthermore, I urge the Senate to swiftly consider Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004), a bill that would increase penalties for illegal immigrants who return to the United States illicitly, which passed the House on June 29, 2017.”

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Burgess Statement on Cures Check In
Posted by Emma Thomson on November 30, 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 today’s Subcommittee on Health hearing on 21st Century Cures Act implementation.

“One year ago, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act, fulfilling our promise to help deliver cures to millions of patients. Today, nearly a full year after the Cures Act was signed into law, the Health Subcommittee heard from Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, who are at the helm of Cures implementation.

“It is notable that, within the span of less than a year, the Cures Act already has led to the creation of 110 new research projects focused on the brain, 142 Cancer Moonshot awards, and enhanced drug development. Certainly, more progress is needed to alleviate the agony of an incurable disease; however, we already know that Cures has accelerated the cycle of discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments and has ensured that our nation remains the global leader in biomedical innovation.

“The Cures Act is making government an ally, rather than an obstacle, in the cycle of medical innovation. We expect to conduct more check-ins on this law as it is implemented, and today’s hearing was an encouraging first update on its role in delivering cures to American patients.” 

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Weekly Address: Giving Thanks
Posted by on November 24, 2017

In this week's message, Dr. Burgess reflects on the many reasons we have to be thankful as we celebrate Thanksgiving. You can read his full remarks here
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Weekly Address: Pro-Growth, Pro-Family, Pro-American Tax Reform
Posted by on November 17, 2017
This week the House passed a tax reform package that includes commonsense reforms to help hardworking American families. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess breaks down several important ways the plan will benefit families here in North Texas. Read his full remarks here.
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Burgess Statement in Support of Tax Reform
Posted by Emma Thomson on November 16, 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 voting in favor of H.R. 1, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

“While this tax reform package is not perfect, it is a positive step in the right direction. By doubling the standard deduction, expanding the Child Tax Credit, and reducing the number of tax brackets, this bill will allow taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money and save for the future.

“Thirty-one years is far too long to wait to provide relief to hardworking American families, and now is the time to bring the tax code into the 21st century. This plan moves toward reforms that will simplify the tax code – saving taxpayers not just money, but also valuable time - and create more jobs and bigger paychecks for North Texans and Americans across the country.”

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Burgess Praises Inclusion of Fiscal Responsibility Measure in NDAA
Posted by on November 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on the inclusion of his Audit the Pentagon amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which the House passed today.

“Fiscal responsibility is a critical component of our national security. The Audit the Pentagon amendment, which was included in the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2018, requires the Department of Defense to rank in order of audit readiness every entity that is required to provide financial statements for the overall effort of the Department of Defense-wide audit. I am pleased that this important provision was included for the third time in the annual defense authorization bill.

“The Pentagon must be held to the same level of accountability as other federal agencies when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars. This important measure will bring the Pentagon into compliance with current law, and ensure that defense resources are being used appropriately. Quite simply, auditing the Pentagon will reinforce our national security and improve our care for the American men and women in uniform.” 

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Walden and Burgess on HHS Nominee Alex Azar
Posted by on November 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today released the following statement after President Trump nominated Alex Azar as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

"We commend President Trump for nominating Alex Azar for Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is a veteran of HHS, bringing with him a wealth of institutional knowledge that will be instrumental in delivering patient-centered health care and combating the opioid crisis. We look forward to working with Mr. Azar on these critical issues and many others in the future," said Walden and Burgess.

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