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Burgess Demands Answers on Abuse in U.S. Olympics Community
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 24, 2018

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, yesterday asked leaders within the U.S. Olympics community about their ability to protect athletes from sexual abuse during an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing. In case you missed it, watch the full clip.



Key Remarks:

“As someone with a medical background, one of the things that has just been very, very difficult for me is how a medical professional has caused all of this damage…This individual, not licensed in Texas, was providing services, care, whatever he did, at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas – but not licensed by the state of Texas. How do you go about ensuring that physicians that are taking care of your athletes are compliant with licensing obligations?" 

“To point out the obvious here, you had an unlicensed physician taking care of people. I don’t know if the parents of these children were apprised of the fact: there’s a physician who’s not licensed in the state of the Texas that’s going to be participating in the training program. Wrong on so many levels. And now, unfortunately we see the consequences of that.”

“We can think we’ve got it right, and then it turns out we didn’t get it right. Years later you have to continue to deal with the problems from not getting it right. It is important that we be right on this.”  

For further details on this hearing, please see more from the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Dr. Burgess on Abuse in the U.S. Olympic Community: "It's so important we get it right."
Posted by on May 23, 2018

Watch Dr. Burgess question witnesses during the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing examining sexual abuse across the U.S. Olympic community.
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Dr. Burgess Special Address: Improving Care for America's Veterans
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 21, 2018
In this special address, Dr. Burgess discusses Congress' actions to implement steady, commonsense reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs. As we prepare for Memorial Day, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed the VA Mission Act, which would ensure veterans have timely access to quality health care options. It's time for the Senate to pass this bill and send it to President Trump's desk. Read his full remarks
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Burgess Statement on Farm Bill
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 18, 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 H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. 

“All Americans rely on our nation’s agriculture community each day for safe and healthy food. This year’s farm bill gives farmers the support they need while making smart improvements to existing law. As Congress considers ways to spur our economy and bolster its growth, I support this bill’s efforts to help Americans enter the workforce. While this legislation hit a roadblock today, I am hopeful that a solution can be reached as soon as possible so that we can ensure the nation’s food supply and get Americans back to work.” 

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Honoring Law Enforcement Officers
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 18, 2018
Each year, National Police Week is an opportunity to express our gratitude to the many law enforcement officers who protect North Texans and Americans across the country. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess reflects on the service and sacrifice of our nation's police.  Read his full remarks here
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Burgess Statement on Jerusalem Embassy
Posted by on May 14, 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 opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.

“Today’s United States Embassy opening in Jerusalem is further proof that President Trump is keeping his promises to the American people. Seventy years after the official formation of Israel and more than 20 years after the United States Congress voted to recognize Jerusalem as its capital, this move is a strong signal of support for our ally.”

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Burgess Statement on President Trump’s Plan to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 11, 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 President Trump’s remarks about prescription drug pricing.

“America is leading the world’s medical innovation, and it is time that the groundbreaking therapies developed here are accessible to American patients. As I listened to President Trump’s remarks at the White House today, I was encouraged by his commitment to lower prescription drug prices for the American people. Today’s announcement is another step of the Administration’s work on this issue, and I am looking forward to working alongside President Trump, Secretary Azar, Dr. Gottlieb, and Administrator Verma as we work to ease burdens and put American patients first. In a world that is rapidly changing, it is time to spur innovation, increase competition, and deliver real results for patients in North Texas and around the country.” 

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Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Bolstering the American Economy
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 11, 2018

Recent benchmarks show that unemployment is at an 18-year low and there are over 6.5 million job openings in our country. In this weekly address, Dr. Burgess discusses the strength and continued advancement of the American economy. Read his full remarks here

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ICYMI: Dr. Burgess' Week in Review
Posted by on May 11, 2018

WASHINGTON - During a full week of legislative business, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) worked to find solutions for some of the most pressing issues for North Texans and the American people.

Lowering Americans’ Prescription Drug Prices


America is leading the world’s medical innovation, and it is time that the groundbreaking therapies developed here are accessible to American patients. On Friday, Dr. Burgess attended President Trump’s remarks on his plan to lower Americans’ prescription drug prices. In a world that is rapidly changing, it is time to spur innovation, increase competition, and deliver real results for patients in North Texas and around the country.

Combating the Opioid Crisis



This spring, Dr. Burgess has devoted significant time to finding solutions for our nation’s opioid crisis, a multi-faceted issue that will require a comprehensive approach. On Monday, Dr. Burgess attended the launch of First Lady Melania Trump’s BE BEST Initiative. As part of BE BEST, Mrs. Trump will work to help children and families harmed by opioid abuse. For more details, watch his latest update.

On Tuesday morning, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing with drug distributors. During the hearing, Dr. Burgess and other subcommittee members asked tough questions about the industry’s role in the opioid crisis. That afternoon, Dr. Burgess chaired a hearing examining an outdated confidentiality law and its impact on victims of opioid abuse. On Wednesday, the full Energy and Commerce Committee advanced 25 bills to combat the opioid crisis, and we expect to see this legislation reach the House Floor in the next several weeks.

Welcoming North Texas Leaders


This week, Dr. Burgess hosted the Denton County Chambers of Commerce leadership delegation for a productive several days of meetings in Washington to discuss policy that directly impacts North Texas businesses. During their fly-in, the group met with Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Speaker Paul Ryan, and fellow Texans Senator Ted Cruz and Chairmen Pete Sessions, Michael McCaul, and Kevin Brady.

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Special Address: Update on Our Fight Against the Opioid Crisis
Posted by Emma Thomson on May 10, 2018
This week the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced 25 bills to combat the opioid crisis, another important step in Congress' work to end the epidemic. In this special address, Dr. Burgess gives an update on this critical work to help families in North Texas and around the country. Read his full remarks here.
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