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  • Burgess and Cornyn: SAVE Jobs Act will boost energy job market
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 28, 2020 | Preview rr

    By Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Michael Burgess for the Midland Reporter-Telegram The entire world is reeling from the pandemic’s impact, but Texas, in particular, has been hit with a one-two punch. This coronavirus has taken a firm hold on our state, and alongside it, our energy industry – one of our state’s largest and proudest sectors – suffers from low oil prices and lower demand. In places like the Permian Basin, the effects of the downturn are more acute. A region that had been dubbed one of ... Read more

  • Burgess: The Time Is Right for Health Care Reform
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 3, 2020 | Preview rr

    by Dr. Michael Burgess Published in RealClear Health Now more than ever before, health care is on the minds of all Americans. And now more than ever before, market-based reform for health care is more achievable – and it is because of the policies that have been put into place by the Trump Administration. Just after the 2018 election, President Trump announced his desire to be known as the health care president. While it seems counterintuitive for a Republican administration to lead on health po... Read more

  • Fox News: Rep. Michael Burgess, MD: Coronavirus epidemic prompts robust and rapid response from US public health system
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 26, 2020 | Preview rr

    Over my time in Congress, there have been several serious epidemics in many parts of the world, caused by the Zika, Ebola, MERS, H1N1 and SARS viruses. While there was concern with each of them, there should be more urgent concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus – COVID-19. Since Congress’ return to Washington at the start of this year, COVID-19 has infected over 81,000 individuals in at least 38 nations and at least 2,708 people have died. As a result, the coronavirus has proven to be more deadl... Read more

  • The Hill: A free market for a clean future
    Posted in Op-Eds on February 12, 2020 | Preview rr

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, leaders from around the world gathered to discuss the pressing issues of the day. Climate change was among the issues discussed. Unfortunately, the treatment many of these elites prescribe is worse than the disease. As I see it, the next 10 days may look bleak, but the next 10 months and beyond are filled with hope. This optimism is based on the rapid innovation and development of America’s energy resources. Recent federal policies have set fort... Read more

  • Denton Record-Chronicle: Together we can put an end to the opioid epidemic
    Posted in Op-Eds on October 20, 2019 | Preview rr

    This summer, in Tarrant County, it was reported that a baseball player lost his life to a drug overdose. While the details are still under investigation, many families throughout our country have experienced a similar tragedy due to the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130 Americans die from an overdose each day. It doesn’t have to be this way. I am fighting along with the president to end this epidemic. On Oct. 24, 2018, President Donald Tr... Read more

  • Denton Record-Chronicle: Rep. Michael Burgess: U.S. response to border crisis is a team effort
    Posted in Op-Eds on July 5, 2019 | Preview rr

    Last Thursday, after an unconscionable delay, Congress passed an emergency funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), two federal agencies leading the United States’ response to the humanitarian and security crisis on the southern border. A week ago, I made a now-familiar journey to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, where I visited two U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities that serve as migrants’ first point of contact onc... Read more

  • Denton Record-Chronicle: Michael C. Burgess: Honoring the dignity of life
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 18, 2019 | Preview rr

    Today thousands of people from communities in North Texas and around the country will gather in our nation’s capital to serve as voices for the most vulnerable among us. As America marks another anniversary of Roe v. Wade and its tragic consequences, the March for Life – a peaceful protest 46 years strong – reminds us that life is a precious and sacred gift, and we must do all we can to protect it. The question of abortion, sometimes reduced to yet another political issue, is personal for me. My... Read more

  • Dr. Burgess: A Lifetime Dedicated to Life
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 18, 2018 | Preview rr

    A Lifetime Dedicated to Life House Republican Conference Blog January 18, 2018 By: Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. This week Washington will welcome hundreds of thousands of Americans who gather to speak out for the most vulnerable among us. Each January 22, we mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and another year of senseless loss of life. For many, this week serves as a reminder that life is a precious and sacred gift, and we must do all we can to protect it. The question of abortion, some... Read more

  • FOX News: Why I am optimistic about health care reform in the new Congress
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Budget and Spending, Government Reform

    Twenty-two years ago, the “Contract with America” promised voters that, if elected to Congress, Republicans would advance legislation to shrink the size of government, balance the budget, and reform major entitlement programs. Americans voiced decisive support for these conservative principles at the polls in the 1994 election—Republicans won control of the House and the Senate, and Republican governors held 31 states. Congress was acutely aware of the people’s desire to return to a limited fed... Read more

  • Dallas Morning News: Let Congress know to take it slow on human gene editing
    Posted in Op-Eds on December 28, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Family Issues, Government Reform

    Gene editing provides significant possibilities for treating and even curing diseases. It also confers tremendous power over the genetic makeup of individual human beings and humanity itself. With great potential comes great responsibility to use this genetic power wisely. Gene-editing tools, such as the new CRISPR-Cas system, are just that — tools that can be applied to solve various problems, or to create problems. It's our choice as to how we apply those tools. Improving health complications... Read more