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  • The Ripon Advance: Burgess leads GOP contingent in seeking pandemic relief coverage for aging care facilities
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 22, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Ripon Advance News Service U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and 33 of his Republican colleagues urged U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to consider providing federal funds to nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities in a forthcoming COVID-19 emergency relief package. Such facilities, said Rep. Burgess, “face a difficult road ahead as they care for an ol... Read more

  • Fierce Pharma: COVID-19 brings divisions on hydroxychloroquine, reopening
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 18, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Eric Sagonowsky As the pandemic plays out, political divisions have unfolded around hydroxychloroquine and reopening economies, for starters. At center stage last week was a House hearing over ousted Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) Director Rick Bright’s whistleblower complaint. While the hearing spanned numerous subjects relating to the U.S.' COVID-19 response, lawmakers and Bright spent considerable time discussing hydroxychloroquine. President Donald Trump ba... Read more

  • CBS DFW 11: US House To Temporarily Allow Remote Voting During Pandemic, Texas GOP Reps React
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    by CBS News The U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure Friday to temporarily allow both remote voting by proxy and official remote committee proceedings during the coronavirus pandemic. The nearly party-line vote, 217 to 189, means that a member present at the Capitol would be able to cast a vote on behalf of up to 10 absent colleagues. The pandemic has raised concerns about having lawmakers gather to vote, particularly since many members of Congress are older than 60 and therefore more ... Read more

  • The Ripon Society: “We’ve got to put partisanship aside and do what’s best not only for the health of the American people, but the health of the American economy.”
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    The Ripon Society held a virtual meeting this past Wednesday with U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26). Burgess is the longest serving doctor in the House of Representatives, having practiced medicine for nearly 30 years prior to his election in 2002. He is also a member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over not only how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus, but how Washington plans to restart a once-booming economy that has been intentionally and ... Read more

  • Newsweek: Coronavirus Can’t Mend US House’s Partisan Rift, Hearings Show
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 15, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Elizabeth Crisp The bitter partisan rift in the U.S. House won't be mended by the coronavirus, if early hearings are any indication. In meetings this week, Republicans and Democrats have taken turns blasting each other over the response to the nation's COVID-19 outbreak and the path forward to economic recovery. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, the No. 2 Republican leader, accused Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of creating a "completely partisan" oversight panel. A day later, in a se... Read more

  • CNN: Cuomo Prime Time 5-14
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 14, 2020 | Preview rr

    Dr. Burgess joins Cuomo Prime Time to discuss May 14, 2020 Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing. Published here. Read more

  • Rep. Michael Burgess to Newsmax TV: New Democrat Bill Will Be Dead On Arrival
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 14, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Tuaren Dyson The new stimulus bill proposed by the House will be dead on arrival, Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, told Newsmax TV. House Democrats recently announced a massive coronavirus stimulus bill valued at more than $3 trillion, which would be the largest relief package ever. The measure is aimed at aiding states and local governments. Burgess told Thursday's "Spicer & Co." "It's [the bill] never going to see the light of day. The president wouldn't sign it, but it won't matter because h... Read more

  • Mediaite: GOP Congressman says Whistleblower Dr. Birght’s ‘Serious’ Allegations ‘Deserve an Investigation’
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 14, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Charlie Nash Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) called former Dr. Rick Bright’s allegations about his ousting “serious,” before declaring that they “deserve an investigation,” Thursday during Bright’s hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Bright, former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), filed a whistleblower complaint after he was ousted from his position, which claimed he was kicked out because of “his objections and resistance to funding ... Read more

  • Politico: Top Trump critic set to testify before close ally sparks tensions on Capitol Hill
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 13, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Dan Diamond President Donald Trump’s ousted vaccine chief turned whistleblower will go public with his claims on Thursday in an unusually friendly setting — a hearing chaired by a close congressional ally whose district benefited from his decisions. Rick Bright, who was abruptly removed as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority last month, will air his complaints about the Trump administration's pandemic response in front of a House subcommittee overseen by Rep... Read more

  • Dallas Morning News: Government didn’t heed warnings on U.S. mask supply, D-FW company says as virus whistleblower testifies
    Posted in Burgess in the News on May 13, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Tom Benning The federal government for years failed to heed warnings that America’s supply of surgical masks would be insufficient in the event of a pandemic, the executive vice president of a North Texas medical supply company testified Thursday on Capitol Hill. Mike Bowen of North Richland Hills-based Prestige Ameritech told the health subpanel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that America’s mask supply was long “destined for failure" because production was shifted to foreign coun... Read more