Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) congratulated his Legislative Counsel, Peter J. White, on joining President Donald Trump’s White House Domestic Policy Council as Senior Policy Analyst.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District’s loss is President Donald Trump’s gain. President Trump is immensely fortunate to gain the expertise of Peter J. White as a member of the White House Domestic Policy Council. Peter hails from Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District and is a fellow graduate of Grissom High School (class of 2001). After receiving his Juris Doctor degree from American University, Peter served as Legislative Counsel in my Washington office, crafting legislation relating to immigration, space, and cybersecurity. He also served as my chief advisor on judiciary and transportation issues. I wish him the best in this new position and commend his selection. The White House is gaining a passionate staffer, dedicated to helping President Trump keep his campaign promises.”
Peter J. White received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law with a focus on antitrust law and space and aviation law. He has worked at the Federal Trade Commission in the Office of International Affairs and the Bureau of Competition, and the Federal Communications Commission’s Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. As Legislative Counsel for Congressman Mo Brooks, Peter’s issue areas include NASA, science & technology, immigration, energy, and judiciary matters. Peter is an Eagle Scout, an active member of the Federalist Society, an avid pianist, and a licensed private pilot. Peter and his wife, Kira, reside in northern Virginia.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) released the following statement congratulating President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on being sworn into office.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Today is symbolic of America at its finest. Today is an historic day where the power of the presidency was peacefully transferred from one person to another, their radically different views notwithstanding.”
Congressman Brooks concluded, “President Trump gave a great speech. As President Trump noted, ‘The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.’ I eagerly look forward to helping President Trump fulfill his campaign and inauguration speech promises by voting on legislation to repeal ObamaCare, make Mexico pay for an impenetrable border security wall, and restore America’s military and international reputation to greatness.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL-05) welcomed Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), Martha Roby (R-AL-02), and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-02) as Co-Chairs for the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC) in the 115th Congress. Congressman Brooks established the AAC in 2011 to provide a forum among Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and the Army to improve support and communication for Army aviation.
Congressman Brooks said, “I am excited to welcome Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Martha Roby, and Tulsi Gabbard as Congressional Co-Chairs of the Army Aviation Caucus for the 115th Congress. As Co-Chairs of the caucus, we seek to raise awareness of Army aviation issues with Congress and the public and reaffirm Congress’ bipartisan commitment to aviation readiness.”
Representative Martha Roby said, “It is my great honor to represent a district that is home to the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker. During my time in Congress, I’ve made it a point to share with my colleagues in Congress the great value Fort Rucker and Army Aviation are for our Armed Forces. I am proud to co-chair the Army Aviation Caucus alongside Reps. Brooks, DeLauro and Gabbard for the 115th Congress. I look forward to working together to promote the great work of Army Aviation and to share the unique role it plays in today’s military.”
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said, “The bipartisan Army Aviation Caucus is critical to highlighting key defense issues for Congress and I am honored serve as Co-Chair along with Reps. Brooks, Gabbard, and Roby. Together, we will be able to elevate these important issues, which strengthen a sector that employs thousands of Americans and is a significant share of our nation’s defense budget. I am proud to represent the headquarters of Sikorsky in my district, where hardworking men and women build some of the most advanced helicopters in the world, and I look forward to working closely with the caucus.”
Brooks concluded, “The U.S. Army boasts the largest, most modern, and well-trained aviation force in the world. Unfortunately, recent force structure cuts threaten military readiness, and Army aviation is often the first to be cut in funding, resources, and personnel. It is incumbent upon Congress to ensure that our nation’s aviation advantage is maintained and joint air-ground team and Combatant Commanders are fully supported, with combat readiness as the number-one priority. The Army Aviation Caucus will continue work in the new Congress to ensure that this special area of our armed forces receives the support needed to face the demands of an ever-changing global landscape.”
Congressman Brooks is the founder and Co-Chair of the AAC and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Congresswoman DeLauro is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, serving as the Ranking Member on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee. Representative Martha Roby is a member of the House Judiciary Committee as well as the House Appropriations Committee, serving on the Defense Subcommittee. Representative Tulsi Gabbard is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. They replace former Representative Tammy Duckworth as Co-Chairs.
The Army Aviation Caucus includes more than 35 members and has bipartisan support in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) will vote for a “Budget” to be used as a procedural vehicle to amend ObamaCare via an arcane device known as “Budget Reconciliation.” Although called a “Budget,” this legislation influences but does not control future spending. Further, although touted as a “repeal” of ObamaCare, it is nothing of the sort. The Mitch McConnell/Paul Ryan plan amends ObamaCare (not repeals it) by stripping several onerous provisions from ObamaCare. If the McConnell/Ryan plan passes the House and the Senate, ObamaCare will still exist, albeit in a different and diluted form, and absent the individual and employer mandates. Unfortunately, high health insurance premiums will continue unless subsidies end, because the high premiums provide a substantial part of the money used to subsidize so many ObamaCare participants.
Congressman Brooks said, “The word ‘Budget’ in Washington has a different meaning from what the word Budget means to municipal, county, and state governments. In Washington, a Budget spends no money. Rather, a Washington Budget is a 10-year game plan that generally states what revenues and spending levels should be. Authorizing bills authorize programs. Appropriations bills spend money. Budgets do neither.”
Brooks stated, “On its face, this 54 page Budget ‘Game Plan’ is surreal and financially irresponsible. It ignores America’s $20 Trillion debt and America’s increasing risk of suffering a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy. Budget page 4 itemizes a 10-year plan to increase federal spending by $1.6 Trillion/year. Page 5 itemizes a plan to explode America’s deficits by more than $400 Billion/year, from FY 2017’s horrible $582 Billion deficit to an even more horrible FY 2026 $1 Trillion deficit. Page 6 projects America’s debt to increase by $9 Trillion by FY 2026, to $29 Trillion.”
Brooks continued, “Inasmuch as this Budget Game Plan is wholly and completely financially irresponsible, I have informed House Leadership that I will not vote for appropriations bills that are consistent with this Budget and explode America’s deficit and debt.”
Brooks added, “House Conservatives asked House Leadership to let the House vote for a bill that completely repeals ObamaCare, the same kinds of votes we have had over the past six years. Unfortunately, the Senate dictates to the House that we vote to amend ObamaCare, not repeal it. As a result, there will be much work left to be done if Congress is to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety.”
Brooks concluded, “ObamaCare has forced America to endure skyrocketing premiums and declining health care quality. In short, ObamaCare is one of the biggest boondoggles and failures ever forced on the American people. Over the past six years, American voters have clearly stated that Big Brother bureaucrats have no business forcing Americans to buy health insurance we don’t want and we can’t afford."
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted in support of a House Armed Services Committee waiver providing for retired Marine General James Mattis’ service as Secretary of Defense in President-elect Trump’s new administration. The waiver grants a one-time exception to Section 113(a) of Title 10, U.S. Code, which prohibits the appointment of those who have served in the military within the last seven years.
Congressman Brooks said, “I was pleased to back a waiver from the House Armed Services Committee to approve General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis’ service as defense secretary. President-elect Trump is surrounding himself with outstanding individuals and General Mattis is no exception. General Mattis served 44 years in the United States Marine Corps, and he more recently served as the 11th Commander of the U.S. Central Command, the Combatant Command responsible for military operations in the Middle East.”
Brooks concluded, “General Mattis literally wrote the book on counterinsurgency, as a co-author of what became the guidebook for U.S. military operations in the Middle East. He understands the complex threats facing our national security and will restore U.S. military readiness. He has received glowing endorsements across the military community in the Tennessee Valley, and I look forward to full House passage of this waiver and a swift Senate confirmation.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) attended Senator Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate confirmation hearing to convey his unwavering support for Senator Sessions’ future service to America as the U.S. Attorney General.
Congressman Brooks said, “Senator Jeff Sessions made the State of Alabama proud with his display of honor and dignity during today’s U.S. Senate Attorney General confirmation hearing. I have been fortunate to know Senator Sessions for more than 20 years and admire him as a dedicated public servant of strong moral character, committed to upholding the rule of law.”
Brooks concluded, “Today, Senator Sessions promised to restore respect and support for America’s law officers, protect religious freedoms across the country, and enforce federal immigration laws. President-elect Donald Trump selected the right man to serve as America’s next United States Attorney General and I look forward to his expeditious confirmation.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted for a bipartisan resolution condemning and calling for the United Nations to repeal Security Council Resolution 2334 that purports to invalidate Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States has vetoed 42 anti-Israel resolutions since 1972. In an unprecedented move, President Obama declined to veto Security Council Resolution 2334.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “The Obama Administration’s failure to veto and support for an anti-Israel resolution by the United Nations is a dangerous violation of the United States’ longstanding, bipartisan friendship with Israel. The Obama Administration’s permitting this anti-Israel resolution to pass by ‘taking a walk’ is harmful, counterproductive to peace, and emboldens those who wish to destroy Israel and murder Israelis.”
Brooks concluded, “I wholeheartedly oppose this and any other effort that puts Israel in mortal danger, emboldens Israel’s enemies, or increases the risk that Middle Eastern disputes will ultimately be resolved via the use of nuclear weapons. I look forward to working with President-elect Trump to restore and renew the strong relationship America has enjoyed with Israel over the decades.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Vice President-elect Mike Pence addressed Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) and the House Republican Conference. Pence stated that “Priority #1” is keeping the promises Donald Trump made to the American people during the presidential campaign. More specifically, Pence stated that the highest policy priorities for the incoming Trump Administration are repeal of ObamaCare and Obama regulations that have stifled America’s economy and burdened America’s working families.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “While Congress has many pressing agenda items, repealing and replacing ObamaCare is #1 on the list. We all remember President Obama’s false representations about ObamaCare: ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.’ False! ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.’ False! ‘We’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.’ Pants on Fire False! Last year alone, 1.4 million Americans lost their health plans. One in five consumers has only one insurance provider option and premiums have skyrocketed on average by almost $5,500. For the vast majority, ObamaCare has guaranteed worse heath care at a higher cost. In the 115th Congress, we will repeal this disastrous law and replace it with market-based health care solutions that better protect the incomes of America’s hard-working taxpayers.”
Brooks continued, “As noted by President-elect Trump and House leadership, Congress intends to repeal and replace ObamaCare through an orderly, stable transition that minimizes hardship for those Americans who are subsidized with monies taken from hard-working American families. According to the Vice President-elect, key pieces of the replacement plan will be Health Savings Accounts that give consumers more flexibility and autonomy over their health plans and legalization of interstate competition for health care insurers, thereby lowering prices and improving health care choices for individuals and families.”
Brooks concluded, “I am grateful for the commitment of the Trump Administration to deliver on promises made to the American people. I look forward to voting to help the Trump Administration keep its campaign promises. The American people have spoken and as Vice President-elect Mike Pence noted this morning, ‘We’re going to be in the promise-keeping business.’”
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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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