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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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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Serving North Texas
Posted by on November 16, 2018

Throughout its history, our nation has been rooted in its citizens' willingness to serve their fellow Americans. In his latest weekly address, Dr. Burgess reflects on the importance of service and discusses key accomplishments of the 115th Congress. Read his full remarks.
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Burgess and Maria Bartiromo Talk Tax Cuts and Border Security
Posted by on November 12, 2018
Dr. Burgess joined Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria" to discuss tax reform, border security, and the legislative outlook for the 116th Congress.
 
 
 
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