Mo Brooks

Mo Brooks


AL.COM: Alabama Republicans bash 'financially irresponsible' budget deal


Three members of Alabama's congressional delegation slammed the budget deal agreed to Tuesday between legislative leaders and President Barack Obama, calling the agreement that lifts spending caps on defense and raises the debt ceiling for two years "financially irresponsible" and "gimmicky."

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Brooks Secures Commitment from Ryan: No Amnesty Bills Under Obama


Washington, D.C. –This morning, Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05) addressed the U.S. House, submitting for the Congressional Record, a letter agreed to by Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01) which formalizes pledges that, if elected Speaker, Ryan will not bring up immigration reform “so long as Barack Obama is president” and Ryan will not allow any immigration bill to reach the floor for a vote unless it is supported by a majority of Republican House Members.

Brooks and other House Freedom Caucus members had concerns that Ryan may use the role of Speaker to push through immigration policies that will suppress the wages of and take even more jobs from struggling American families.

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Mo Brooks Floor Speech on Paul Ryan Immigration Commitments
October 27, 2015
U.S. House Floor
Mr. Speaker, between 2000 and 2014, in the 16 to 65 age bracket, and although the American economy created 5.6 million net new jobs, American born citizens lost 127,000 jobs.  All jobs gains in America, and more, went to people born in foreign countries.[1]
In 2012, 51% of households headed by immigrants relied on welfare, compared to 30% of households headed by someone born in America, thus driving up America’s deficits and driving down America’s ability to pay for safety nets for Americans.
This week I vote on Paul Ryan’s bid for House Speaker.  While Paul Ryan has excellent communication skills, is charismatic, understands the economic risk of out-of-control deficits, and the like, Paul Ryan and I have a major disagreement on border security.
Last week, on October 22, Paul Ryan, I and others met about his candidacy.  Border security was discussed.  Thereafter, I hand-delivered to Paul Ryan on the House Floor at roughly 4 P.M. a letter that states, and I quote:
Struggling American families have lost more than 8 million job opportunities to illegal aliens.  All lower and middle income American workers have suffered from suppressed wages caused by the surge in both illegal alien and lawful immigrant labor supply. 
Your past record and current stance on immigration conflicts with the values of the Americans I represent and causes great concern to me and the Americans I represent.
 Yesterday during discussions about the Speaker’s race, you made two representations about immigration that stood out.  They are:
1.      It is unwise or unproductive to bring up any immigration legislation so long as Barack Obama is President. 
2.      As Speaker, you will not allow any immigration bill to reach the House Floor for a vote unless the immigration bill is “supported by a majority of the majority” of Republican House Members.
Although you talk faster than I can write your words down, I believe the above statements properly reflect what you said.  I send this letter to confirm that I accurately portray your remarks and that I may rely on them when the House Floor Vote for Speaker occurs next week.
If my portrayal of your words errs in any respect, please deliver to me (before the GOP Conference meeting next week in which we are to conduct Speaker elections) a written communication correcting my errors.
If I do not receive such a communication from you, then I will infer that you concur that my portrayal of your remarks is accurate and that I, and the rest of the GOP Conference, and the American people, may rely on your words as I have written them. 
I need your assurance that you will not use the Speaker’s position to advance your immigration policies, except when in accord with the two above statements, because there is a huge gap between your immigration position and the wishes of the American citizens I represent.    Your words yesterday constitute the needed assurance.
If your assurances as I have portrayed them are accurate, then I am much more comfortable voting for you for Speaker on the House Floor (and will do so, absence something startling coming to my attention between now and the election, which I don’t anticipate). 
If, however, you would use the Speaker’s chair to advance an immigration belief system that is unacceptable to the Americans I represent, it will be very difficult for me to vote for you for Speaker on the House Floor.
To be clear, I intend to publicly share this letter and your responding letter, if any, to help explain to my constituents why I voted as I did on the House Floor in the Speaker’s election.
Thank you for considering the contents of this letter. 
At roughly 5:20 P.M., Paul Ryan called me and stated that my letter accurately portrayed his immigration representations.  Paul Ryan confirmed that he meant what he said and would keep his word.
Based on Paul Ryan’s representations and my trust that Paul Ryan is a man of his word, I will vote for Paul Ryan for House Speaker on the House Floor if he is the Republican nominee.
Mr. Speaker, I submit this letter for the record to the House Clerk, and I yield back the balance of my time. 

[1] “All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants – Number of U.S. Born Not Working Grew by 17 Million”, Center for Immigration Studies, June 2014, p. 1

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Brooks: Washington Must Stop Out-Of-Control Spending


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted for House passage of H.R. 692, the Default Prevention Act.  H.R. 692 would allow the Treasury Secretary to borrow above the debt limit in order to pay principal and interest (including to the Social Security Trust Fund) on debt held by the public, in the event the statutory debt limit is reached.  This takes the threat of default off of the table and allows the debate to instead focus on the need to confront our out-of-control spending. 

As grounds for his vote on H.R. 692, Congressman Brooks stated:

President Obama has declared, “In case there’s any confusion, I will not negotiate over whether or not America keeps its word and meets its obligations; I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States.” Obama continued, “Let's stop the threats, stop the political posturing.”

With this statement, President Obama threatens to withhold payment of our sovereign debt obligations if we don’t unconditionally raise the debt ceiling.  Congress established a debt ceiling to give fiscally responsible Congressmen the opportunity to negotiate solutions that get us off the path to insolvency and bankruptcy.  If we raise the debt ceiling with no conditions, what purpose does the debt ceiling serve? 

This bill makes it crystal clear that the President must prioritize the principal and interest on our sovereign debt, removing the effectiveness of President Obama’s threat.

Of course, we don’t expect the President to sign this bill into law.  The Democrats won’t even allow this bill to get a vote in the Senate because they have no desire to face the hard choices necessary to keep our country from bankruptcy.  This expectation, however, does not prevent us from doing our duty and helping focus the attention of the American people on the need to live within our means.



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WAAYTV.COM: New VA clinic open in Huntsville


The Huntsville Veterans Affairs Clinic is officially open and the ribbon cutting held Wednesday morning drew hundreds from around the area. Redstone Arsenal leadership, state and local elected officials, and hundreds of veterans showed up for the grand unveiling.

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ALREPORTER.COM: Shelby, Aderholt, and Palmer Comment on Legal Setback for Obama's Water Rule


On Friday, October 9, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay blocking President Obama's EPA's Waters of the US rule. A group of 18 states had sued to block the controversial reinterpretation of existing law, arguing the rule is well beyond EPA's legal authority to issue. Several members of the Alabama Congressional Delegation commented on the ruling in favor of the states.

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ALTODAY.COM: Alabama reacts to courts' stay of controversial EPA water regulation


A U.S. federal appeals court temporarily halted the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday from implementing the "Waters of the United States," a controversial regulation of the Clean Water Act that critics considered yet another federal power grab over state's waters.

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YELLOWHAMMERNEWS.COM: Ala. Republican delegation votes unanimously against funding Planned Parenthood


WASHINGTON – Though Congress ultimately passed a "continuing resolution" (CR) Wednesday funding the federal government, including abortion provider Planned Parenthood, for the next two months, it wasn't without significant pushback from Alabama's congressional Republicans, who all voted against the bill.

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Brooks Joins Alabama Delegation in Voting Against Flawed Funding Bill


Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks joined Alabama Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, along with Alabama Congressmen Robert Aderholt, Gary Palmer, Mike Rogers, Martha Roby and Bradley Byrne in voting against H.R. 719, a continuing resolution that funds the federal government until December 11, 2015.
As grounds for voting against H.R. 719, Congressman Brooks stated:
“Continuing resolutions are the absolute worst way to fund the federal government.  They continue past spending habits that do not reflect changing circumstances and priorities.  They continue America’s irresponsible deficit spending.  They are last-second spending bills timed to risk calamity in order to force bad policy and pork spending down the throats of otherwise responsible Senators and Congressmen.
“Continuing resolutions wreak havoc on communities like those that surround Redstone Arsenal and Marshall Space Flight Center because they inhibit the ability of federal government contractors to let military and NASA contracts that provide jobs to more than 30,000 Tennessee Valley workers.  How can government contracting officers award contracts when they only have funding for days, weeks, or, in this case, two months?
“Continuing resolutions are all or nothing, take it or leave it.  They are subject to an up or down vote without amendments or deliberative thought permitted.  As such, continuing resolutions undermine the regular order process Congress should use to fund the government via a more deliberative committee and floor vote process, where amendments and debate are encouraged rather than stifled.  For example, the House is expected to vote on this last-second continuing resolution with less than 24 hours to consider, reflect and vote on over a trillion dollars in federal government spending.  Worse yet, American citizens have been completely shut out of the process.  Worse still, the principal winners are lobbyists and power brokers who make their back-room deals behind closed doors shut to a public that discovers the damage after the fact.
“As would be expected, bad process yields bad results.  This CR cuts national defense spending on an annualized basis by roughly $25 billion below what President Obama says is needed for America’s national security and what the House approved a short two months ago.  It is unconscionable that Congress today passes a continuing resolution at defense spending levels that continue to force the Pentagon to fire tens of thousands of military personnel in an increasingly dangerous world.
“Further, this continuing resolution does nothing to rein in out-of-control entitlement programs that cost four times more than America’s national defense and which are slowly but surely pushing America into a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy.  Nor does this CR defund Planned Parenthood, thereby rewarding a private entity that sells for profit living body parts cruelly taken from babies, often without the mothers’ knowledge or consent.
“Simply stated, a bad process is likely to yield bad results.  Today I voted against a continuing resolution born of bad process that yields bad results that will burden Americans for a long time to come.
“I am proud that all eight Republicans in the Alabama Congressional delegation joined and acted financially responsibly by voting against a flawed process that yielded bad results.”


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AL.COM: Should Syrian refugees come to U.S.? Alabama congressman says no


Before President Obama announced late last week that the U.S. would accept several thousand Syrian refugees by the end of next year, an Alabama Congressman said none should be allowed in the country.

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ALREPORTER.COM: Alabama GOP Congressional Delegation Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood


Friday, September 18 the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted for H.R. 3134 the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which would create a moratorium on any funding for Planned Parenthood, as well as H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Surviv Read More

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Brooks on Defunding Syrian Refugee Program with Lou Dobbs

2015-11-18 01:46:18

Rep. Brooks - HFAC Hearing to Examine U.S. Policy in Syria

2015-11-04 16:45:10

Brooks: Debt Ceiling Bill Financially Irresponsible, Washington Must Do Better

2015-10-28 14:19:52

Brooks Secures Commitment from Ryan: No Amnesty Bills Under Obama

2015-10-27 14:12:15

Brooks Joins Charles Payne on Fox Business

2015-10-26 15:03:11

Rep. Brooks Joins Charles Payne on Fox Business

2015-10-26 15:09:25

Brooks on Risk & Reward with Deirdre Bolton

2015-10-26 14:46:14

Brooks Joins Gretchen Carlson on Fox to Discuss Latest from Capitol Hill

2015-10-21 19:31:29

Rep. Mo Brooks Joins MSNBC's The Last Word

2015-10-15 20:53:24

Brooks on Race for House Speaker and What America Needs

2015-10-13 17:01:56

Rep. Brooks questions witnesses at HASC: Implementing the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy

2015-09-30 15:26:12

Obama Administration Violates Law That Requires Disclosure of Iran Nuclear Treaty Side Agreements

2015-09-09 16:11:08

Sec. Kerry Admits Military Force Only Sure Way to Prevent Nuclear Iran

2015-07-28 17:57:58

Experts Warn Iran Nuclear Treaty Empowers Iran to Kill Americans and Destroy Israel

2015-07-23 14:47:13

To Protect Americans from Illegal Alien Crime, We Must Have Better Data

2015-07-22 14:17:45

Brooks Addresses Future Space Leaders

2015-07-16 17:35:59

Mo Brooks to Hillary Clinton: Want Higher Pay for American Families? Secure the Border!

2015-07-14 17:08:55

Brooks Calls on House to End Taxpayer Subsidies for Amtrak

2015-06-04 14:56:40

House Passes Brooks’ Amendment to Protect Military Service Opportunities for Americans

2015-05-14 23:49:35

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On November 6, 2012, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) was re-elected as the Representative for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. He proudly represents the people of North Alabama and serves on three important committees:  Armed Services, Science, Space, and Technology, and Foreign Affairs.

As a sophomore member, Congressman Brooks is highly active and engaged in representing the interests of the 5th District. Brooks supports America’s missile defense technologies; he introduced successful legislation in 2011 and 2012 that blocked the White House from sharing classified missile technologies with Russia, and was adapted into the National Defense Authorization Act in FY2012. Rep. Brooks is also a vocal opponent of sequestration, voting against the Budget Control Act and called upon Administration officials to account for the consequences of sequestration in a HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing on April 18, 2012.

During his first year on the Hill, Brooks founded and became co-chairman of the Army Aviation Caucus, a forum in which Members of Congress, staff, and Army leadership raise awareness for Army Aviation and seek to affect legislative priorities. The Caucus now includes more than 50 members and is one of the most active caucuses on Capitol Hill.

Growing up in North Alabama, Mo Brooks’ parents taught him early on that study and hard work were expected and required. They also taught him the importance of honesty, and to never be shy about speaking up and fighting for important principles. Brooks was born in 1954 in Charleston, South Carolina, and moved in 1963 to Huntsville, Alabama. Rep. Brooks’ father, Jack Brooks, retired from Redstone Arsenal’s Metrology Center. Brooks’ mother, Betty Brooks, taught economics and government for over 20 years at Lee High School. They still live in Madison County.

Rep. Brooks graduated from Grissom High School in 1972 (where he was all-city in baseball and an active member on two state championship debate teams). He graduated from Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics, with highest honors in economics. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Alabama Law School.

After graduation, Rep. Brooks worked as a prosecutor in the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office, where he built a solid “tough-on-crime” reputation. While there, he obtained guilty verdicts in every one of the 20-plus jury trials he prosecuted. He also organized and managed the grand jury.

Rep. Brooks left the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office in 1980 to return to Huntsville as a law clerk for presiding Circuit Court Judge John David Snodgrass. In 1982, Brooks was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and became one of 11 Republican legislators (out of 140 total) and the only elected Republican legislator north of Birmingham.

Brooks was reelected to the Alabama House in 1983, 1986, and 1990. While in the legislature, he was elected Republican House Caucus Chairman three times and was ranked number one (out of 140 legislators) by the Alabama Taxpayers’ Defense Fund in the fight to protect family incomes from higher taxes. He was also ranked in the top 20 percent by Alabama Alliance of Business & Industry on pro-jobs, tort reform, and free enterprise issues and was recognized as one of the legislature’s most effective legislators by Alabama Magazine.

In 1991, Brooks was appointed Madison County District Attorney. In 1996, he ran for the Madison County Commission and unseated an eight-year incumbent Republican. He was reelected to the Commission in 2000, 2004, and 2008. During every year except when he was serving as a prosecutor or court clerk, Brooks held a second job in private practice. In 1995-1996, he was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and, from 1996-2002, was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Bill Pryor.

In 1976, Mo Brooks married Martha Jenkins of Toledo; they met at Duke University. Martha graduated from the University of Alabama with an accounting degree. She later retired as a certified public accountant and obtained a math and education major from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2005. She taught math at Whitesburg Middle School. Mo and Martha are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of four grandchildren. Rep. Brooks was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.

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