Weekly Address: Partnering with Sec. Azar
Posted by Emma Thomson on February 23, 2018
Secretary Azar recently testified before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health for the first time. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess gives an update on his plans to collaborate with Sec. Azar and HHS on the health care issues that matter most to families in North Texas and across America. Read his full remarks here.
Dr. Burgess Honors Rep. Sam Johnson
Posted by on February 16, 2018
This week marks 45 years since Rep. Sam Johnson returned to Texas after spending nearly seven years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Dr. Burgess recently spoke on the House Floor in honor of his fellow Texan on this significant "Returniversary."
Burgess Statement on Funding Vote
Posted by Emma Thomson on February 9, 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 House passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
“Earlier this morning the House considered a Continuing Resolution and bipartisan budget deal to fund the federal government through March 23 and provide full funding for our Armed Forces for the next two years. This package includes important public health provisions, as well as funding for the long-term rebuilding of communities struck by natural disasters. Further, the package also provides resources to combat the opioid epidemic and invest in our nation’s infrastructure.
“Similar to previous funding measures we have considered, this package is far from perfect and presented a difficult choice. However, I have heard from many of you who support this funding package. The White House has released a Statement of Administrative Policy in support of the package, saying, ‘The Bipartisan Budget Act lays the groundwork for higher investments in several Administration priorities.’ I also heard directly from Governor Abbott, who expressed his strong support for the disaster relief funding that he says is critical for the recovery of the areas in our state that were so severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
“After careful consideration, I voted in favor of the bill to ensure our national security and support our men and women in uniform. Texas alone is home to 28 of our nation’s military installations and more than 160,000 active duty personnel. It is far past time that we end our habit of paying for our national defense via IOUs, and my vote ensures that our Armed Forces will have the resources they need to protect North Texans and all Americans.
“The bill also contains the necessary funding for important priorities like disaster recovery that will help those affected by Hurricane Harvey restore their homes, businesses, and communities. Further, it includes several of my priorities as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health – including Medicare extenders and MACRA technical fixes that will ease some administrative burdens so that doctors can provide better care to their patients. This bill indeed has flaws, but it is necessary in order to continue providing the services and programs that support North Texans and the American people.”
Burgess Statement on the State of the Union Address
Posted by Emma Thomson on January 30, 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’s first State of the Union Address this evening.
“Tonight, Congress and the American people heard a message about building a safe, strong, and proud America. In his first State of the Union Address, President Trump laid out his plans to improve the economy, bolster our national security, and combat difficult issues like the opioid crisis.
“Last year, President Trump promised to make jobs and growth a pillar of his work in Washington. Today, I am encouraged by the progress the economy has made. Tonight we heard several success stories of Americans keeping more of their hard-earned money to use as they see fit. There is no doubt that tax reform, signed into law just a month ago, already is paying dividends for families in North Texas and around the country.
“I appreciate the President’s commitment to the American people on the important topics he covered tonight. Although we continue to face difficult challenges, the state of our union is indeed strong.”
Special Address: State of the Union Recap
Posted by Emma Thomson on January 30, 2018
This evening, President Trump gave his first State of the Union Address. Congress and the American people heard a message on building a safe, strong, and proud America. In this special address, Dr. Burgess reflects on the State of the Union.
Weekly Address: Ensuring Emergency Preparedness
Posted by Emma Thomson on January 26, 2018
The recent false alarm in Hawaii raised questions about our country’s general preparedness and emergency infrastructure. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess discusses the importance of both ensuring emergency preparedness and Congressional oversight over this effort. Read his full remarks here.
Dr. Burgess in the Dallas Morning News: CHIP Is Crucial for TX Families
Posted by on January 26, 2018
CHIP is crucial for many Texas families
CHIP impacts every neighborhood in North Texas and around the country. In Dallas County alone, more than 50,000 children are enrolled in CHIP. Denton County has 8,000 children who rely on this vital program. In Tarrant County, that number is 32,000.
Each child enrolled in CHIP - totaling more than 9 million across the country - depends on this program for his or her essential medical needs, including check-ups, immunizations and emergency care. The numbers are personal.
Read the full column here.
Walden and Burgess on Azar’s Confirmation as HHS Secretary
Posted by on January 24, 2018
WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Health Subcommittee Chairman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) today issued the following statement following the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Alex Azar as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)."An HHS veteran, Secretary Azar is uniquely equipped for this new role. We are confident he has the understanding of the issues facing our broken health care system, and the skills and experience necessary to implement commonsense, patient-centered solutions. We look forward to working closely with Secretary Azar in our shared efforts to combat the opioid crisis, advance innovation, lower costs for consumers, and tackle other critical issues facing the country's health system."
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