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Burgess Statement on FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb
Posted by on March 5, 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on Dr. Scott Gottlieb.

“I am grateful to Dr. Gottlieb for his contributions to the vital work of the FDA. Under his leadership, the agency has expanded innovation and produced tangible results for patients, offering hope and even cures to American families. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, I hosted Dr. Gottlieb for many hearings, briefings, and informal conversations on the FDA’s work. He has been a gracious and hardworking partner in my efforts to improve health care for the American people. I thank Dr. Gottlieb for his service and wish him well.”

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Burgess Remarks on H.R. 1 - The Democrat Politician Protection Act
Posted by on March 5, 2019

In the Rules Committee, Dr. Burgess expressed concerns about H.R. 1, a blatant power grab crafted to protect left-leaning politicians. 
 
 
 
 
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Burgess Statement on Democrats’ Government-Run Health Care Bill
Posted by Emma Thomson on February 28, 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on House Democrats’ government-run, single-payer health care bill.

“As a physician serving in Congress, I have spent over a decade working to limit government involvement in health care. This one-size-fits-all, Soviet-style policy is a substantial move in the wrong direction, and it could result in catastrophic ramifications for American patients today and for generations to come.

“This legislation necessitates an immediate hearing in the Energy and Commerce Committee and careful consideration by all lawmakers. As I wrote to Chairman Pallone earlier this month, it is important for the committee of jurisdiction, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, to have a full and transparent hearing process that ensures the full participation of all committee Members, on both sides of the dais.”

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Burgess: Allow the President to Do His Job
Posted by Emma Thomson on February 26, 2019

On the House Floor, Dr. Burgess encouraged House Members to allow President Trump to do his job of protecting the American people and securing the southern border. 

Read his full remarks:

I came to the Floor to urge Members to vote against this ill-advised resolution to disallow the President’s declaration for emergency funding on the border.

In 2006, I was in Congress when we voted for the Secure Fence Act. Under President Bush, over 400 miles of fence were built; under President Obama, an additional little-over of 100 miles were built; and, now President Trump has asked for a little over 200 miles to be built to provide security for America.

Now is it a national emergency? I will tell you - I had as my guest at the State of the Union someone who is referred to as an Angel Dad. This is an individual who went and put on a uniform. He fought for his country in Iraq. While he was there, unfortunately, his wife got ill and died. And now he’s a single dad, and he’s taking care of his only child, a daughter. And that daughter unfortunately was hit on the street by a car who was driven by someone who did not have legal status to be in this country.

Several months later, Chris comes to me, and he says, “Congressman, I did my job. I put on my uniform, I went and defended my country. Mr. Congressman, I did my job. If you had been doing yours, my daughter would be here today.”

President Trump has taken that mantle very seriously. It is his goal – it is his requirement – to defend our country at the southern border. And, the President will do just that.

If you read the history of emergency declarations in the past, you will find a number of them – some perhaps you might agree with, some perhaps you might disagree with. But, since the founding of our country, it has been recognized. It has been in the purview of the Article 2 powers of the President of the United States to be able to exercise that emergency declaration. It was codified in the 1970s in a law that is now the one that brings this resolution of disapproval forward today.

If you don’t like the law that allows the President to declare an emergency, change the law. You’re the majority. You control the Rules Committee. Change the law.

What’s interesting about this is last night in the Rules Committee when we considered Mr. Castro’s resolution, we didn’t consider it. We didn't have a single witness. Mr. Castro was non-viz. I felt like sending the Capitol Police out to find him. There was no one there to testify in favor of his resolution. And the Rules Committee seemed perfectly agreeable to accepting this without any debate whatsoever.

I urge Members to vote against this ill-advised motion to disallow the President’s declaration of an emergency. Allow the President to do the job he was elected to do and secure the southern border.

I yield back.

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Burgess Continues Oversight of Unaccompanied Minor Care
Posted by on February 19, 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after visiting two Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelters for unaccompanied minors in Florida.

“During my visit to both the Homestead and Boystown ORR shelters today, I was pleased to see children receiving excellent care from dedicated HHS staff. The high quality of medical and mental health care available in these shelters today is a substantial improvement from the conditions I found in ORR shelters during the Obama Administration. When I began visiting ORR facilities in 2014 at the height of the UAC crisis, I was shocked by the conditions I found – particularly the lack of medical care. Thanks to the oversight of the House Energy and Commerce Committee over the last five years, today children in ORR custody receive medical and mental health care, vaccinations, education, and other critical services, including screening for vulnerability to trafficking.

“Though other Members of Congress regard these shelters as nothing more than a political prop, I remain committed to providing intentional oversight. This wasn’t my first trip to an ORR shelter, and it certainly won’t be my last. Moving forward, I will continue to work alongside Secretary Azar, the Department of Health and Human Services, and fellow Members of Congress to ensure that all children entrusted to federal custody receive excellent care.”

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Burgess Reintroduces H.R. 1040
Posted by on February 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement after he reintroduced H.R. 1040, the Flat Tax Act.

“For far too long, our tax system has been one of complexity, confusion, and disenfranchisement. In 2017, President Trump and Republicans in Congress passed the first tax reform package in thirty years. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act resulted in historic progress; however, a truly equal system would be everyone paying a flat tax of 17 percent. In an age when Democrats are proposing an extreme 70 percent income tax, the flat tax is a simple solution to ensure that all Americans pay their fair share. My predecessor and former Majority Leader Dick Armey championed the flat tax for decades, and it is a privilege to carry on this North Texas priority in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Dr. Burgess has introduced the Flat Tax Act each Congress since 2003. You can read the full text of H.R. 1040 here.

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Dr. Burgess: "The Saddest Story I've Ever Heard"
Posted by on February 7, 2019
On the House Floor, Dr. Burgess shared the story of Chris, a U.S. Veteran and single father from North Texas, who lost his daughter in 2014 when she was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by man living in the U.S. without the benefit of citizenship. Chris and other Angel families deserve justice, and Congress must act to secure our borders and protect the American people.
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Burgess Joins Fox and Friends First
Posted by on February 6, 2019

This morning, Dr. Burgess joined Fox News to discuss President Trump's State of the Union address and outline a productive legislative path forward.
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Burgess Statement on President Trump’s SOTU
Posted by Emma Thomson on February 5, 2019

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, released the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union address.

“Tonight President Trump offered an optimistic message of hope and unity to the American people, highlighting our nation’s greatness and proposing a collaborative path forward. From strengthening our national defense to protecting American workers and investing in our infrastructure, President Trump is committed to creating a better future for the American people. During his time in office, President Trump has made lowering health care costs a core priority of his Administration’s agenda. As the most senior physician serving in Congress, I am honored to work alongside President Trump to lower drug costs and make the health care system work for – and not against – American patients and doctors.

“Despite the vast progress we have made over the last two years – including passing pro-growth policies that have spurred the best U.S. economy in decades – we have much work before us. As we continue in the 116th Congress, I hope that Congressional Democrats will reject the politics of resistance and accept President Trump’s offer of compromise as we strive to work together for good of the American people.”

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Dr. Burgess on Fox: Democrats Are Demanding Open Borders
Posted by on January 29, 2019

In an interview with Fox and Friends First, Dr. Burgess discussed Democrats' obstruction to commonsense solutions and outlined a path forward for real border security.
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