Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) joined an amicus brief led by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) urging the United States Supreme Court to expediently take up Arlene’s Flowers v. State of Washington. In Arlene’s Flowers v. State of Washington, the Washington Supreme Court oppressively held that a florist was bound by state law to design floral arrangements for a same-sex ceremony, an event she viewed as immoral.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “As an advocate of the First Amendment, I strongly support our citizens’ right to the freedom of religion. In direct contravention of the Bill of Rights, Mrs. Stutzman is being persecuted for her sincerely held religious beliefs. Both her business and personal life are at risk as a result of her choice to refuse to participate in an event she deemed immoral.”
Congressman Brooks continued, “Throughout her career, Mrs. Stutzman has served and employed people who identify as homosexual. However, when she acted consistent with her faith and declined to use her creative skills to celebrate the same-sex ceremony of a customer, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Washington Attorney General claimed she was guilty of unlawful discrimination. Mrs. Stutzman views marriage as a sacred covenant between a man and a woman, and therefore providing her talents to a same-sex ceremony would violate her religious beliefs.”
Congressman Brooks concluded, “This is just one example of relentless fear-mongering and oppression from the left when it comes to religious expression. It is unconstitutional for the State of Washington to coerce Mrs. Stutzman to engage in expression which violates her religious beliefs. The right to practice deeply held religious convictions is an underpinning of our nation’s founding principles, and it is vital the Supreme Court take up this case and uphold the Constitution. Rest assured, I will continue to defend religious liberty with my voice in Congress.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) issued the following statement in support of legislation introduced by Senator Cotton (R-AR) and Senator Perdue (R-GA) to reform America’s outdated, legal immigration system. Senators Cotton and Perdue joined President Trump today to unveil legislation aimed at creating jobs for Americans. America’s current immigration system is broken, favoring low-skilled immigrants, depressing wages, and harming America’s most vulnerable citizens. Brooks announced his intention to support the bill as an original cosponsor in the House of Representatives.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “As a backdrop, America has by far and away the most generous immigration system on the planet. However, we only accept between 5-12% of immigrants based on education and skill level. I applaud Senators Cotton and Perdue for their leadership in introducing the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE). The RAISE Act replaces the current permanent employment-visa framework with a skills-based system that rewards applicants based on their individual merits. Further, the legislation eliminates the diversity visa lottery as well as the immigration preferences for extended family and adult family members of U.S. residents, while maintaining preferences for the spouse and minor children of U.S. residents – thereby encouraging the unification of nuclear families.
“America must recognize our challenges and opportunities, and be much more selective in our immigration policies to ensure incoming immigrants are both self-sufficient and are able and willing to be properly absorbed into American society. If we aren’t, American workers will continue to have their wages undercut by the importation of cheaper, foreign labor and America will lose its special place in history. I am proud to support this key component of President Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda and appreciate the President’s continued leadership and dedication to making America’s economy great again.”
Washington, DC – This morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) appeared on CNN to discuss the failure of the Senate to repeal ObamaCare. Brooks urged the Senate to not quit on the American people and to stay in Washington and get the job done.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Last night the Senate failed the American people. The failure was complete, from top to bottom. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed at the top. Luther Strange, the Senate’s newest member, failed at the bottom.
“But today is a new day. Tough challenges require hard work. I urge the Senate to not quit on the American people. I urge the Senate to work 24/7 until they get America’s health care right. American lives are at stake. The ability of American parents to take care of their children is at stake. There is an old saying, ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ I urge the Senate to be tough, stay in Washington, and get the job done. The House did it. So should the Senate.
“If the Senate can’t get the job done. If the Senate quits. Mitch McConnell should also quit so that bold, new, conservative leadership can have a crack at getting America’s health care done right!
“America needs a Senate Majority Leader who has the ability to advance President Trump’s agenda. If Mitch McConnell can’t do that, then he needs to step aside and let someone else try.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today attended the White House ceremony presenting Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, as well as Alexandria Police Department officers Kevin Jobe, Nicole Battaglia, and Alex Jensen with the Medal of Valor for their heroic actions on the baseball field after a gunman opened fire on Republican congressmen and staff. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, Zach Barth, and Matt Mika were shot during the attack.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Without the bravery of the first responders who protected me and my colleagues during the shooting at the Republican baseball practice, many more lives would have been lost. It was a privilege to join as President Trump presented Special Agents David Bailey and Crystal Griner, as well as Kevin Jobe, Nicole Battaglia, and Alex Jensen of the Alexandria Police Department with the Medal of Valor, our nation’s highest award for a public safety officer. I am extremely grateful for their courage that undoubtedly saved many lives. Despite their own injuries, they focused on defending us until the shooter was incapacitated. They exhibited great bravery, and I am thankful these American heroes are getting the recognition that they wholly deserve.”
Huntsville, AL – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today welcomed Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), the chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, to Huntsville for a tour of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Congressman Brooks is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and serves as the vice chairman for the Space Subcommittee.
Today's trip was Lamar Smith's first visit to the Marshall Space Flight Center. Congressmen Smith and Brooks focused their visit on Marshall's new test stand and test facilities for Space Launch System lower stage components, the International Space Station's Payload Operations Center, Marshall's additive manufacturing (3D Printing) capabilities, and test facilities for the Space Launch System's computer and aeronautics components. Congressman Brooks also took Congressman Smith on a brief tour of the Davidson Center and its Saturn V rocket.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “It was a privilege to welcome my friend, Chairman Lamar Smith, to Huntsville and introduce him to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the incredible engineers and scientists in North Alabama who diligently support America's space program.
“As a result of President Trump and Chairman Smith’s leadership, America has refocused its commitment to space exploration and returned NASA funding to what its name implies: aeronautics and space. The Science, Space, and Technology Committee members understand the value of America’s space program and will fight for adequate funding. I was proud to share with Chairman Smith the contributions of the Tennessee Valley that support our space program and ensure American preeminence in human space exploration.”
Washington, D.C. – Standing before the U.S. House this morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) called on Senate Republicans to stop engaging in procedural games and end the filibuster rule. The filibuster rule destroys the basic democratic principal of majority rule and obstructs passage of legislation unless a 60% super-majority of senators agree.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Our Republican Senate majority is killing our conservative agenda, our Republican agenda, and President Trump’s agenda. The murder weapon is the Senate filibuster rule, an archaic accident of history created during the days of horse and buggy, and slavery. While today’s 52 senator Republican majority can abolish the filibuster rule any time it wants, so long as the filibuster rule is in place, Republicans can pass nothing without the consent of Chuck Schumer and the Democrats.”
Congressman Brooks continued, “In the past 90 years, Republicans have not had a single filibuster-proof senate while Democrats enjoyed filibuster-proof senates in the 1930s, the 1960s, and in 2009. In those years, Democrats passed ObamaCare and forced Great Society welfare programs on us that busted our budgets, destroyed the work ethic, broke up American families, and threaten America with a national insolvency.”
Congressman Brooks concluded, “Over the long haul, and because of the filibuster, Democrats force their leftist, Socialist policies down America’s throats . . . while Republicans never have the power to reverse the damage done. That is the Senate filibuster legacy. Time is running out. America’s future is at stake. Now is not the time to play procedural games. I agree with President Trump. Senate: end the filibuster!”
Text of Congressman Brooks’ remarks:
“Mr. Speaker, our Republican Senate majority is killing our conservative agenda, our Republican agenda, and President Trump’s agenda. The murder weapon is the Senate filibuster rule, an archaic accident of history created during the days of horse and buggy, and slavery.
“The filibuster rule destroys the basic democratic principal of majority rule and obstructs passage of legislation unless a 60% super-majority of senators agree.
“While today’s 52 senator Republican majority can abolish the filibuster rule any time it wants, so long as the filibuster rule is in place, Republicans can pass nothing . . . nothing . . . without the consent of Chuck Schumer and the Democrats.
“Think about it. Our Republican Senate majority has abdicated control and empowered Chuck Schumer and the Democrat minority to obstruct the will of the Republican House, obstruct the will of the Republican Senate majority, obstruct the will of President Trump, and obstruct the will of the tens of millions of American voters who sent us to Washington.
“That is political suicide and an abject betrayal of the millions of American voters who sent us here. There will be no border wall because our Republican Senators empower Democrats to kill it. There will be no ObamaCare repeal because our Republican Senators empower Democrats to stop us.
“America’s out-of-control deficits and debts will cause a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy that destroys an America it took generations of our ancestors to build, because our Republican Senators empower Democrats to spend money we don’t have, have to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back.
“During 2015 and 2016, the House worked hard to address America’s challenges. Over 500 of our bills never got so much as a single Senate floor vote! All that work . . . wasted. The Senate filibuster rule is not in the Constitution. It is not a federal law or statute. It exists solely at the discretion of the Senate majority.
“President Trump understands the filibuster rule and that it threatens the President’s entire legislative agenda. On May 2, President Trump urged our Republican Senators to end the filibuster rule, stating ‘change the rules now to 51.’
“On May 30, President Trump reiterated, ‘The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt.’ President Trump’s pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
“Exhibit A in this murder trial is an April 7 letter to Chuck Schumer, of all people, and Mitch McConnell that lists the accomplices, those deaf ears, who are killing the conservative agenda, the Republican agenda, and President Trump’s agenda. The letter states: ‘We . . . urge you to . . . preserve existing rules, practices, and traditions as they pertain to the right of Members to engage in extended debate on legislation before the United States Senate. . . . We are united in our determination to preserve the ability of Members to engage in extended debate when bills are on the Senate floor.’
“Each senator on Exhibit A empowers Chuck Schumer and the Democrats to kill President Trump’s agenda. Remarkably, even an Alabama senator supports killing President Trump’s agenda. Mr. Speaker, Republican senators claim we need the filibuster to play defense when Democrats control the Senate. I submit that claim is myopic and shortsighted.
“In the past 90 years, Republicans have not had a single filibuster-proof senate while Democrats enjoyed filibuster-proof senates in the 1930s, the 1960s, and in 2009. In those years, Democrats passed ObamaCare and forced Great Society welfare programs on us that busted our budgets, destroyed the work ethic, broke up American families, and threaten America with a national insolvency.
“Over the long haul, and because of the filibuster, Democrats force their leftist, Socialist policies down America’s throats . . . while Republicans never, never, have the power to reverse the damage done. That is the Senate filibuster legacy.
“Mr. Speaker, time is running out. America’s future is at stake. Now is not the time to play procedural games. I agree with President Trump. Senate: end the filibuster!”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted in favor of H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, which includes multiple provisions offered by Brooks. The NDAA passed by a 344 – 81 bipartisan vote. The FY18 NDAA authorizes $631.5 billion for the Department of Defense base budget and $64.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, for a total of $696.1 billion, a $62 billion increase in national security funding versus FY 2017. Congressman Brooks highlighted the significant achievements for Alabama and the notable provisions he worked on with the committee to incorporate in this legislation.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “The House overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018 which sets funding policy for America’s national security and provides our men and women in uniform with the resources needed to protect America. The FY18 NDAA authorizes a very substantial $62 billion increase over FY 2017 funding, thereby taking significant steps to reverse military declines and address America’s military readiness crisis. The legislation increases the size and funding for maintenance for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard.”
Brooks concluded, “On a local level, the FY18 NDAA includes several key achievements for Alabama and promotes our role in America’s national defense. The NDAA restores directed energy development funding for boost phase missile defense in the Missile Defense Agency’s budget and includes my amendment to direct the Secretary of Defense to report on rapid strategy to build a medium-range hypersonic missile capability. I’m pleased that the House passed NDAA includes language to ensure the construction of three Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), built at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, after helping to defeat an effort aimed at reducing the number in the House Armed Services Committee. Unfortunately, the Senate Armed Services Committee failed to protect the LCS and unanimously passed their NDAA that cut LCS ships from three to one. I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to restore this critical program for South Alabama and our nation’s warfighters as the NDAA progresses to become law.”
*Below is a complete list of Congressman Mo Brooks' amendments adopted in the FY18 NDAA
1. Amendment relating to small turbine engines: This amendment encourages the Department of Defense to support low cost turbine engine development, requires a briefing to Congress concerning progress made, and helps maintain America’s industrial base.
2. Amendment to modernize UH-60A/L aircraft bound for Afghanistan aviation forces: This amendment supports modernizing America’s older model UH-60A helicopters bound for Afghanistan and improving their technological capabilities. North Alabama has an outstanding pedigree of supporting army aviation modifications.
3. Amendment to authorize the Department of Defense to use already appropriated funds to remove petroleum, oil and lubricant from the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen: This amendment authorizes the Army Space and Missile Defense Command to drain the oil from a disabled WWII battleship. Without this amendment the Department of Defense risks an environmental catastrophe.
4. Amendment to request annual selected acquisition reports on certain hardware relating to Nuclear Nonproliferation: This good governance amendment returns critical oversight to Congress concerning issues relating to America’s Nuclear Nonproliferation efforts.
5. Amendment to direct the Secretary of Defense to accelerate development of America’s conventional prompt global strike weapons systems and require status reports concerning progress made: This amendment requires the DOD to accelerate major work on a medium-range conventional prompt global strike capability. Achieving a hypersonic weapon quickly is a high national security priority.
Congressman Brooks is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sitting on the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittees. He is the founder and co-chair of the Army Aviation Caucus.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives today to recognize Bishop Joshua K. Lynn of Mastin Lake Church of God of Prophecy in Huntsville, Alabama as today’s Guest Chaplain. Bishop Lynn opened the House in prayer to begin the day’s legislative session.
Washington, DC – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today appeared on Fox News to advocate funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall. This week, the House proposed a spending measure with $1.6 billion for construction of the border wall, but Senate Democrats have threatened to filibuster any spending bill that funds a border security wall. Brooks urged the Senate to go nuclear, thereby allowing the will of the majority of Americans to prevail and enabling Congress to fund the border wall, repeal ObamaCare, pass tax reform, and deliver on the Trump Agenda.
Excerpts from the interview:
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “It has become quite clear that in the Senate we have ceded authority to the Democrats to control our agenda. That’s not what the American people sent us to Washington, D.C. to do . . . On the House side, we have been doing our job. I think we are going to pass funding for about $1.6 billion for a border security wall, that is what President Trump wants. However, when it goes to the Senate, if past history is any guide, it is going to get stripped out. We saw something similar to that happen in April, where the Senate refused to support President Trump’s border security wall, in effect denying the voters, the tens of millions of voters in the United States, who want that security on our southern border.”
Brooks continued, “On the House side, we have enough Republicans saying we are going to build the wall, that it will get built. The problem is when it goes to the Senate, and they have an archaic rule, it is a filibuster rule, that empowers a minority of Democrats to thwart the will of the majority of the Republicans in the Senate, to thwart the will of the majority Republican House, to thwart the will of the President of the United States, and to thwart the will of the tens of millions of voters who sent us to Washington, D.C. to correct some of the damage done by the left-wing policies of the last decade.”
Brooks concluded, “The American people are frustrated because this Republican House, Senate and White House aren’t getting their job done . . . But let’s narrow the focus to the United States Senate, that’s where the Republicans have ceded to the Democrats the authority, to Chuck Schumer, the authority to stop us from getting the job done. For the life of me I do not understand why 52 Republicans, the majority, would give the minority the power to stop the majority. That makes no sense, particularly at this time in American history where so much is at stake. I hope the American people will rise up, put pressure on the Republicans in the Senate to quit messing around, to get rid of the rules that prevent our majority will from prevailing, so that we can have border security, we can have an infrastructure plan, we can have tax reform, go down the list.”
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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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