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ENG: Michael Clifton Burgess, (born December 23, 1950) is the U.S. Representative for Texas's 26th congressional district, serving since 2003, and a member of the Tea Party Caucus. Early life, education, and early career Burgess was born on December 23, 1950 in Rochester, Minnesota to Harry Meredith Burgess and Norma Crowhurst. He graduated from North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas) in 1972 and graduated from the medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1977. He completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. U.S. House of Representatives Elections Burgess, who had never held any public office and voted in the Democratic primaries in 1990, 1992, and 1994, entered in ...
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Burgess Votes Against More Delays and Deeper Deficit


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and Chairman of the Congressional Health Care Caucus, stood with Medicare patients and their doctors in rejecting another effort by Congress to merely delay the financial decision that must be resolved for a long term solution to the Sustainable Growth Rate formula used to reimburse Medicare treatment. Dr. Burgess opposed combining three big policy pieces that each deserve individual consideration and separate votes. This legislation obscured the tough decisions ...


Entrust CEO and Congr. Burgess Outline Cyber Defense Needs


Entrust, Inc.,a global leader in securing online identities and information, today participated in a cybersecurity forum inHighland Village, Texas. Entrust President and CEO BillConnerjoined U.S. CongressmanMichael C. Burgess(TX-26), M.D., as well asUniversity of North Texassenior technology directorCharlotte Russell, and Gold’s Gym Senior Vice President and CIO Bill Wade, to discuss how small- to mid-sized businesses can protect themselves against cyber attacks. “Unfortunately, today’s small- and mid-sized businesses do not have the same protection as large corporations and ...


Burgess Sends Letter to Obama Regarding Recent Appointments


Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health and Chairman of the Congressional Health Care Caucus, and 97 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama regarding his recent recess appointments.In the letter to President Obama, the Members of Congress state that the appointments, “establish a dangerous precedent that threatens the confirmation process and our system of checks and balances embedded in the Constitution.” In addition the members say that they are “committed to undoing the ...


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Burgess Statement on House Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34). “This has been a long time coming—after 4 years, 2 Congresses, and nearly 20 roundtables, hearings, meetings and field hearings, the House is finally able to deliver on its promise to patients across the country. The 21st Century Cures Act is one of the most comprehensive legislative concepts the Energy & Commerce Committee has ever crafted. It will make government an ally, rather than an obstacle, in the cycle of medical innovation. And I am proud to have been actively involved in its development. “This bill makes desperately needed changes to bring our laws into a modern era of medicine and to keep our nation at the forefront of health care innovation, by streamlining regulation to deliver new therapies to
Burgess Statement on Selection of Greg Walden as Next Energy and Commerce Chairman
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement congratulating Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) on being selected as the next Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. “The Steering Committee’s election of Greg Walden is an indication of just how highly esteemed he is held by the members of this Conference. Greg has a proven, successful track record of leadership and reaching across the aisle to accomplish meaningful legislation. I look forward to working with him in the 115th Congress to build upon the Energy and Commerce Committee's record of success.” ###
House Passes Burgess & Matsui Health Outcomes Legislation
Washington, D.C. — Today the House of Representatives passed S. 2873, the counterpart to H.R. 5395, the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act, or the ECHO Act, introduced by Congressman Michael C. Burgess M.D. (R-TX) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) in the House of Representatives. The Senate unanimously passed S. 2873 last week, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). It will now go to the President’s desk for signature.  “The legislation will help improve our understanding of how technology-enabled medical education can strengthen the collaboration between specialty care doctors and primary care doctors helping them better serve their communities. The most effective way to ensure widespread access to care is by harnessing models that have proven successful during implementation on a smaller scale, like that of Project ECHO,” said Congressman Burgess. “I am grateful for Congresswoman Matsui’s collaboration on this importa
Burgess Statement on Nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement in response to President-Elect Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. “I commend President-Elect Trump on his nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. This prominent position in the Administration is tasked with the delicate balance of working to ease tensions around the globe while also ensuring U.S. national security and a strong foreign policy agenda. “Mr. Tillerson, a constituent of mine in the 26th district of Texas, has worked extensively with foreign leaders cultivating relationships that will only prove to benefit U.S. interests around the world. From the pipelines to the platforms, his experience leading the global efforts of one of America’s most successful companies has equipped him with the understanding and insight to navigate the current world



 
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