Ahead of Veterans Day, Dr. Burgess awarded the Congressional Veteran Commendation to five outstanding North Texas veterans. In this weekly address, he pays tribute to those in North Texas and beyond who have fought to protect American freedom. Read his full remarks here.
Lake Dallas, T.X. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, issued the following statement after he presented five North Texas veterans with the 2018 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation (CVC). Established in 2005, this commendation honors distinguished veterans who have continued their dedication to the nation by serving their local community.
“As we mark 100 years since the end of World War I, it is more important than ever to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. Today it was a privilege to pay tribute to five outstanding North Texas veterans who have answered the call to serve. While these selfless patriots have retired their service uniforms, they remain dedicated to their North Texas neighbors and our community. Today and every day, I am sincerely grateful for their contributions to Texas and our nation.”
The five recipients of the 2018 Congressional Commendation are:
Virgil Aldag (U.S. Army), Denton
Lewis Duckwall II (U.S. Marine Corps), Lake Dallas
Robert Lessard (U.S. Army), Aubrey
Christopher Martin (U.S. Army), Argyle
Gustav Wittschack (U.S. Army), Cross Roads
Photo: (front row left to right) Christopher Martin, Gustav Wittschack, Congressman Michael C. Burgess
(back row left to right) Virgil Aldag, Lewis Duckwall II, Robert Lessard
This year’s awards were presented at the annual “Salute Our Veterans” luncheon hosted by the City of Highland Village and the Highland Village Business Association. Nominations were received from the community and veterans’ organizations. In addition to the commendation, Dr. Burgess presented a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to each recipient.
In this video message, Dr. Burgess addresses the violent attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Such violence toward any human being – whether a group of worshipers, an elected official, a member of the media, or anyone else – is inherently wrong and absolutely unacceptable.
Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that became law last year, North Texans and Americans around the country are experiencing better economic conditions than we have in years. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess discusses these recent improvements and his work to ensure that American families continue to succeed. Read his full remarks here.
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 he joined President Trump as he signed H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, into law.
“Our nation’s opioid crisis has touched every facet of American life. This law provides realistic solutions that span the breadth of the crisis – from prevention and treatment to education and enforcement. With President Trump’s signature, our legislation will improve treatment for those with substance use disorder, fight deadly fentanyl, bolster the efforts of agents at our international mail facilities, and provide vital resources for new innovative alternatives to treat pain.
“As a doctor serving in Congress, it has been a privilege to play a role in the passage of this life-saving legislation. I am grateful to the many Americans in recovery, courageous families, and dedicated experts who have worked with the Health Subcommittee during each step of this process. It is my sincere hope that our collaborative efforts will spare any additional American families from the devastation of opioid addiction and provide hope to those who have been touched by this crisis.”
Foreign assistance can be a powerful motivator for the leaders of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. In his most recent weekly address, Dr. Burgess discusses why Congress should ensure that American foreign aid given to these countries is redirected to organizations working to address the circumstances that spur people to leave for the United States. Read his full remarks.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, recently introduced a resolution, H.Res. 1092, to redirect American foreign assistance provided to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras away from the central governments of those countries to target the entities working to address the drivers of illegal immigration from these countries to the United States.
In 2018, 30 percent of those apprehended at the border have begun their journeys in El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras. The amount redirected from the central governments of these countries to non-governmental, non-profit, and other entities will equal the amount of unaccompanied children from each country in Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS-ORR) custody multiplied by $15,000.
Since 2014, Dr. Burgess has prioritized Congressional oversight of HHS-ORR operations, making nearly ten trips to ORR-funded facilities. Most recently, he toured a shelter in Tornillo, T.X. on Monday, October 15. As expressed in H.Res. 1092, Dr. Burgess is committed to finding permanent solutions to end the cycle of irregular migration and restore order on America’s southern border.
“Each month, more than 30,000 people cross America’s southern border without the benefit of citizenship, thousands of whom are children. All Americans can agree that a lack of border security endangers our country. As Congress considers solutions for our nation’s immigration crisis, we must consider why families are willing to embark on a dangerous journey to reach our southern border. This summer, I visited El Salvador, Guatemala, and Hondurasto learn firsthand about the immigration, humanitarian, and energy challenges in this region. Unfortunately, each of these countries has a cycle of gang violence, poverty, and corruption that leads to irregular migration.
“To break this cycle, we must end the status quo. Foreign leaders must be held accountable for the wellbeing of their fellow citizens. My resolution, H.Res. 1092, expresses the sense of the House that foreign assistance provided to these nations should be targeted to the community-building entities working to address the drivers of illegal immigration. America’s foreign assistance funds are much better spent helping to provide a safe home for children in Central American countries than spent caring for these children in taxpayer-funded shelters once they reach our borders. While not a perfect solution, this is yet another step toward securing American borders.”
Eliminating all preventable maternal mortality should be a national goal. Dr. Burgess is committed to analyzing the data, asking the right questions, and advancing meaningful solutions to end maternal mortality in Texas and around the country. Read his full remarks.
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a qualified jurist who will uphold the original interpretation of the U.S. Constitution as the Framers intended. Along with many North Texans, I believe Judge Kavanaugh will be a fair and impartial justice on our nation’s highest court. I thank my Senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, for their efforts to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. Following this astonishingly cruel process at the hands of Senate Democrat obstructionists, the Senate must resume its work on the important issues before our nation.”