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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Hearing from North Texans
Posted by Emma Thomson on August 3, 2018

This week, Dr. Burgess held two public town hall meetings in the 26th District. All North Texans have the right to be heard, and each year town hall meetings are an opportunity for Dr. Burgess and his constituents to discuss issues that are important to North Texas families. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess gives an update on these meetings and his work for North Texans.  

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ICYMI: Dr. Burgess Offers a Path to a Secure Border
Posted by on July 30, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, spoke on the House Floor last week about the history of several Administrations’ use of “zero-tolerance” immigration policy throughout American history.

Using case studies of Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama’s enforcement policies, Dr. Burgess traces the roots of today’s immigration chaos, and offers a path forward to securing our borders.


Key Excerpts:

There is significant proof that an enforcement-first policy deters people from subjecting themselves to harm by taking the perilous trip to the American border, whether it be by land or by sea.

From Governor Clinton’s [1992 campaign] promises, the people of Haiti expected to be welcomed into the United States with open arms. The problem is, after securing the White House, President-Elect Clinton had a change of heart.

The traffickers and coyotes in Central America use our words – our words spoken here on the floor of this House in Washington, D.C. – they use our words to prey on the disadvantaged in Central American countries. They encourage families to put their children on top of a freight train – the train called La Bestia – from southern Mexico to the Rio Grande, subjecting their children to violence of cartels or worse. These are children, some of whom will not arrive in the United States due to the dangers of their journey.

When we say – or even suggest – that children could receive amnesty at the border, we put innocent lives at risk. We can be compassionate, and we can provide a secure border at the same time. These two concepts are not mutually exclusive.

Perhaps our foreign aid – to countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and even Mexico – should be tied to how they care for their children. Here’s the deal: Why should we reward countries whose children are fleeing for their safety to the United States?

For more of this speech, please watch his full remarks.

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: The Path to a Secure Border
Posted by Emma Thomson on July 27, 2018

In an address on the House Floor, Dr. Burgess traced the history of "zero tolerance" immigration policy through American history and offered a path toward securing our borders. Watch his full remarks here
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Burgess Statement on Funding to Rebuild our Armed Forces
Posted by Emma Thomson on July 26, 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 U.S. House of Representatives passed the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5515 - John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act.

“After years of neglect, Republicans in Congress are continuing to ensure that our Armed Forces – the arsenal of American democracy – have the resources they need to defend and protect our nation. With today’s vote to authorize full funding for the Armed Forces for Fiscal Year 2019, Congress has provided the means to strengthen our national defense, restore readiness, and provide our troops with their largest pay raise in nine years. This legislation also includes my Audit the Pentagon Amendment, which is another step forward in guaranteeing that the Department of Defense has an accurate accounting of its resources. It is essential that each dollar Congress appropriates is well-spent to reinforce our national security and provide for our troops.”

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Burgess To Host Town Halls Next Tuesday & Thursday
Posted by on July 25, 2018

Lake Dallas, TX– Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) announced today that he will host town hall meetings on Tuesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 2.

During these town hall meetings, Congressman Burgess will discuss important issues facing Americans and the work he is doing in Congress to strengthen our national security, bolster our economy, and make health care affordable for all Americans. Residents of the 26th District of Texas will have the opportunity to ask Congressman Burgess questions.

JULY 31 TOWN HALL WITH CONGRESSMAN BURGESS
WHEN: Tuesday, July 31 at 7pm to 8pm
WHERE: Keller Central High School, 9450 Ray White Road, Fort Worth, TX 76244

AUGUST 2 TOWN HALL WITH CONGRESSMAN BURGESS
WHEN: Thursday, August 2 at 7pm to 8pm
WHERE: New Life Community Church, 25631 Smotherman Road, Frisco, TX 75033

The event is free and open to all TX-26 residents. 

Credentialed press planning to cover either or both meetings must RSVP to RepBurgessPress@mail.house.gov.

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Bill to Reauthorize the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) Program Passes House
Posted by on July 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed the Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 5385). The bill, which is sponsored by Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX) and Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Chairman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), will reauthorize the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program for the next five years at $325 million – a $25 million increase.

The Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program provides direct financial support to children’s hospitals to train medical residents and fellows. Hospitals typically receive support for graduate medical education (GME) through Medicare, and those payments are provided to hospitals based on their Medicare patient volume. Because the Medicare program is used primarily by people who are over the age of 65, and children’s hospitals treat primarily people below the age of 18, children’s hospitals have low Medicare patient volume and receive few Medicare GME payments.

“Our children deserve the best care available to them, and ensuring we have an adequately-prepared pediatric workforce is the first step in providing quality health care,” said Dr. Burgess. “The bipartisan Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018 will ensure that children in Texas and around the country continue to have access to these specialized physicians. It is an honor to sponsor this vital legislation named for Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks – an iconic North Texan pediatric surgeon who broke barriers each day with her work to help children, train future physicians, and provide innovative care.”    

“A robust pediatric workforce is essential to ensuring that no child lacks access to high-quality medical care,” said Rep. Green. “The CHGME recipient hospitals represent less than one percent of all hospitals, yet train half of all the nation’s pediatricians and pediatric specialists. Reauthorizing CHGME represents a commitment to ensuring that children throughout the country have access to the quality care they need. The current authorization will expire at the end of the current fiscal year, so it is important that we reauthorize this important program.”

Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).

Text of the bill can be read HERE.

Background on Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks

Dr. Brooks who was the first pediatric surgeon in Texas in 1958. She was raised in Lewisville, Texas, and received her M.D. from the UT Medical Branch in Galveston and performed pediatric surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston. In 1973, she joined the newly formed University of Texas Medical School as a tenured full professor and established the Division of Pediatric Surgery, which she headed for the next 10 years.

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Burgess Statement on Bills to Boost Health Care Workforce
Posted by Emma Thomson on July 23, 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 U.S. House of Representatives passed two important public health bills today that will expand the medical workforce, H.R. 3728, the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency Readiness (EMPOWER) Act, and H.R. 5385, the Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018.

“These important, bipartisan public health bills will ensure that American patients have access to skilled physicians and medical professionals – regardless of where they live. I introduced the EMPOWER Act to support physician workforce programs. By reauthorizing key Title VII funding, this bill will increase access to physicians and other providers in underserved areas, and promote training opportunities for physicians to maintain and improve their skills.

“The Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018, which I co-sponsored with fellow Texan Rep. Gene Green, will ensure that children in Texas and around the country have access to quality health care by maintaining and growing our pediatric workforce. As a physician who practiced medicine in Lewisville, T.X., it is a special honor to name this important legislation for Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks – a North Texas pediatric surgeon whose groundbreaking work broke barriers for women in medicine. I urge the Senate to take action on these commonsense, bipartisan bills as soon as possible.”

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: American Relations with Russia
Posted by Emma Thomson on July 19, 2018

In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess discusses Monday's Helsinki Summit and American relations with Russia. You can read his full remarks here
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Burgess Introduces the TROL Act
Posted by on July 16, 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 reintroduction of H.R. 6370, the Targeting Rogue and Opaque Letters (TROL) Act of 2018. Dr. Burgess originally introduced this legislation during the 114th Congress, at which time he served as chairman of the former Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.

“Entrepreneurship and innovation are key pillars of American opportunity. Too often, patent trolls foil good progress with frivolous legal action amounting to an unfair or deceptive act under the Federal Trade Commission. The TROL Act will bolster transparency and accountability to protect legitimate patent holders and stop bad actors. This bill will help protect the intellectual property – and potential for success – of North Texans and Americans around the country.”

More information on this legislation is available here.

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Empowering Energy Efficiency
Posted by Emma Thomson on July 13, 2018

Each year, Dr. Burgess holds an Energy Efficiency Summit to help North Texas families learn how to save on energy costs and be wise consumers of our energy dollars. In this weekly address, he gives a recap of last weekend's summit in Denton. Read his full remarks here
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