Texas Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. was elected to serve as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade (CMT) for the 114th Congress which starts in January, 2015. Burgess previously serves as vice-chair of the subcommittees of Oversight, Investigations and Health in the 113th (current) Congress.
The Congressman, who is also a physician said he is prepared and committed to serving effectively in his new role as subcommittee chairman. The CMT subcommittee has jurisdiction over interstate and foreign commerce. This includes all trade matters under the jurisdiction of the full committee. It has oversight over the Federal Trade Commission including sports-related matters, consumer product safety, product liability, motor vehicle safety, and regulation of travel, tourism and time.
“It is a privilege to serve on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, one of the hardest working and most successful committees in the House,” Dr. Burgess said. “Under the leadership of Chairman Upton, we have been able to accomplish many goals, including the launch of the 21st Century Cures initiative, the ‘Architecture of Abundance’ new vision for American energy, and have had a record of legislative success.”
“During this Congress, our committee has seen 85 committee bills pass the House.” Burgess stated. He said 32 of these bills were signed into law after being passed by the Senate and signed by the President. 50 more are currently awaiting Senate action. “These achievements have put us on a path towards even more achievement in the next Congress, and I am looking forward to doing everything I can as chairman of CMT to continue to that success.”
“The times in which we live are trying and the issues are complex,” Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) said. “I have full faith that Chairman Burgess will do an excellent job leading efforts to create more American jobs, encourage manufacturing in the United States, protect consumers’ personal information and put an end to burdensome regulation and federal red tape that hurts the average American employer and family.”
“I came to Congress as a country doctor looking to work on issues that affected patients and medical practices across the country,” Burgess added. “While my role in the House has expanded and evolved, I have not lost sight of the reasons I came to Washington years ago. I look forward to continuing that work and commitment in my role as chairman of the subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.”
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