Mo Brooks

Mo Brooks

ALABAMA's 5th DISTRICT

News Release: Alabama Awarded Two of Five Army Community Partnership Awards

2016/12/06

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) attended the Department of the Army’s award ceremony, hosted by the Honorable Patrick Murphy, Under Secretary of the Army, to congratulate the Alabama Army National Guard, Team Redstone, and their community partners as 2016 recipients of an Army Community Partnership Award.

The award, given to five U.S. Army installations and neighboring communities, recognizes successful partnerships that have resulted in improved readiness, energy efficiency, and cost savings.

 

Rep. Brooks with Redstone and community partners receiving

2016 Army Community Partnership Award at the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon.

High-resolution photos from the event are available HERE

 

Congressman Brooks said, “Alabamians have much to be proud of today as Team Redstone and the Alabama Army National Guard took home two of the five inaugural 2016 Army Community Partnership Awards.  In a time of budget constraints, these partnerships between Army installations and local agencies have fostered growth across Alabama and provided important cost savings for the state and the Department of Defense.”

Brooks continued, “For those from North Alabama, the Redstone Arsenal’s 2016 Army Community Partnership Award will come as no surprise.  I am immensely impressed with the successful collaboration of Redstone with the City of Huntsville, Madison County, State of Alabama, and the Tennessee Valley Authority to enhance readiness for our military personnel.” 

COL Tom Holliday, Garrison Commander, Redstone Arsenal stated, “Redstone Arsenal is striving to become the ‘garrison of the future.’‎  We cannot reach that goal without our friends and neighbors of the Tennessee Valley.  The partnership we enjoy is beneficial to the Army, but goes beyond the fence line of our post.  This community is an example of what can happen when people work together... they can achieve anything.”

 

Rep. Brooks with Alabama Army National Guard and community partners receiving  

2016 Army Community Partnership Award at the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon.

High-resolution photos from the event are available HERE.

 

Brooks concluded, “Likewise, the Alabama Army National Guard has shown tremendous innovative capabilities through partnerships, including with the Alabama State Department of Education, placing counselors and career coaches in classrooms to enhance retention and recruitment.  I’m proud these efforts have been recognized, and I commend the Army installations and local agencies whose dedicated work has been a boon to our great state.”

The winners include partnership initiatives from the Tennessee Valley community and Redstone Arsenal; the New Jersey Army National Guard and Rowan University; Presidio of Monterey and the city of Monterey; Camp Guernsey and the town of Guernsey; and Alabama Army National Guard and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency; Andalusia, Dothan, Phoenix City, Central High School; USAF - Maxwell AFB - Gunter Annex; Alabama Department of Human Resources.

 

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News Release: Brooks Applauds House Final Passage of 2017 Defense Bill

2016/12/02

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted in support of the conference report to S. 2943, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017.  The NDAA authorizes programs for America’s national defense and passed the House by a 375-34 bipartisan vote.  This legislation is the conference report to H.R. 4909, which passed the House in May, and S. 2943 which passed the Senate in June. 
 
The FY17 NDAA topline funding increased by $7 billion, to $611.2 billion, authorizing, amongst other things, $551.7 billion for the Department of Defense base budget as well as $59.5 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.  Brooks highlighted significant achievements for Alabama and notable provisions he worked on with members of the House Armed Services Committee to incorporate in this legislation. 
 
Congressman Brooks said, “In recent years, budget cuts have slashed vital funding for training and equipment, creating a readiness crisis.  The FY17 NDAA protects programs critical to ensuring our warfighters have the training and weaponry needed to protect America.  Specifically, the legislation increases ground and aviation training and replenishes depleted munitions inventories.  In addition, the FY17 NDAA fully fund’s Israel’s missile defense requirements and rejects cuts to TRICARE, Housing Allowances, and Commissary benefits for service members and their families.  The FY17 NDAA also includes the largest pay raise for our troops in six years.”
 
Brooks added, “On a local level, the FY17 NDAA promotes key provisions benefiting Redstone Arsenal and North Alabama.  Notably, the FY17 NDAA helps Redstone Arsenal’s Army Space and Missile Defense Command assist ground warfighter’s exploitation of space capabilities.  The Tennessee Valley specializes in small satellite technology development and the NDAA prioritizes and accelerates this growth.  In particular, the NDAA includes my language to develop three-dimensional high-resolution light detection and ranging systems.  This force multiplier has been overlooked in recent defense budgets and I’m pleased we are focusing on this capability.  The FY17 NDAA protects America’s access to space by requiring the development of an American rocket engine to replace the Russian RD-180.  In the interim the conference report allows Decatur’s United Launch Alliance access to enough RD-180 rocket engines to bridge the gap until America’s new rocket engine is fully functional.  The NDAA improves Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile technology maturation by addressing key Anti-Access/Area Denial issues.”
 
Brooks concluded, “Finally, in 2015, there was a major House floor flight in the FY16 NDAA over whether illegal aliens should be allowed to compete for and take military service opportunities from American citizens and lawful immigrants.  My floor amendment protecting American citizens and lawful immigrants from illegal alien competition was adopted by the House.  I am pleased to note that the FY17 NDAA preserves my efforts by again blocking illegal aliens from competing for and taking military service positions from American citizens and lawful immigrants.” 
 
 
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News Release: Brooks/Lipinski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Seeking Balanced Trade

2016/12/01

Washington, D.C. – Today in a bipartisan effort, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL-05) and Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03) filed House resolution H.Con.Res.175, calling for a national goal of balanced trade, with a special emphasis on manufacturing and goods.

Joint statement from Congressman Lipinski and Congressman Brooks:

“We have long believed that the goals of our nation’s trade policy have been misaligned and put America at a disadvantage, thereby failing American workers.

“We introduced this resolution as a marker for what America’s trade policy should be, and to help build congressional support for trade policies that improve rather than worsen America’s trade balance.  Current American trade deficits annually export hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of jobs and capital needed to expand American industry and improve employment opportunities for struggling American families. 

“As President-elect Trump finalizes his Cabinet and formulates and implements his trade priorities, we reinforce our show of support for policies that reverse America’s persistent trade deficits.  It is our aim to coalesce members of Congress around the goal of balanced trade and to work with the incoming Administration to fix current trade agreements.”

 

 

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News Release: Brooks Addresses House to Support President-elect Trump Assertion of Voter Fraud

2016/11/30

Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) addressed the House floor to support President-elect Trump’s assertion of voter fraud in the most recent election and challenged left-wing media efforts to silence serious discussion on the problem of noncitizens illegally voting in U.S. elections. 

Brooks stated, “In January of 2016, the United States Election Assistance Commission approved Alabama’s proof of citizenship voter registration requirement.  The League of Women Voters then challenged proof of citizenship laws in the Washington, D.C., federal courts.  In an astonishing ruling in September of 2016, a mere six weeks before the election, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia entered a preliminary injunction that barred Alabama, Kansas, Georgia, and, indirectly, any other state, from requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.”

Brooks continued, “Now what does all of this mean?  It means that, right before the presidential election, federal courts created a massive legal hole that empowers noncitizens to register to vote and, once registered, to vote in America’s elections with impunity, thereby undermining and diluting the vote of lawful Americans and striking at the very heart of our democracy.” 

Brooks concluded, “Quite frankly, Mr. Speaker, we will never know for sure if hundreds of thousands or millions of noncitizens voted in the 2016 elections.  Worse yet, if the left-wing media and pundits continue to summarily dismiss and turn a blind eye to the problem, it will be harder to stop future elections from being stolen.” 

To watch video of the speech, click HERE
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Text of Congressman Brooks’ remarks:

Mr. Speaker, President-elect Donald Trump opined in a tweet on November 27 that “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”  As would be expected, a circus of left-wing, media pundits immediately pounced on President-elect Trump’s opinion in an effort to silence serious discussion of the noncitizen voter fraud problem. 

For example, PolitiFact, a self-proclaimed purveyor of truth, gave Trump’s statement a “Pants on Fire” evaluation and stated “Neither Trump nor his allies have presented any evidence of widespread illegal voting.  In reality, studies have consistently shown that voter fraud is nowhere near common enough to call into question millions and millions of votes.” [1]  

The truth is, PolitiFact and its allies ignore contrary studies and information.  But isn’t that what you would expect of PolitiFact and its left-wing media allies that have in effect become the communications wing of the Democratic Party?  A 2014 study by professors at Old Dominion University and George Mason University estimated that noncitizens vote 80% of the time for Democrats.[2]  Does anyone really expect Democrats and their media and pundit allies to object to or scrutinize illegal votes that may be the deciding factor in the election of Democrat candidates?

Let me give but one example of how tens of millions of noncitizens are a threat to register to vote, and vote, in America’s elections.  Alabama is my home state.  Our laws limit voting to American citizens.  That sounds pretty reasonable to me that only Americans should vote in American elections. 

In order to limit American elections to American citizens, Alabama Code Section 31-13-28 requires proof of citizenship to register to vote.  The Code lists 13 different documents that are conclusive proof of citizenship, things like driver’s licenses, birth certificates, passports, naturalization documents, adoption papers, military service documents.  Further, an American can offer any other document that is proof of citizenship.

In January of 2016, the United States Election Assistance Commission approved Alabama’s proof of citizenship voter registration requirement.[3]  The League of Women Voters then challenged proof of citizenship laws in the Washington, D.C., federal courts.  In an astonishing ruling in September of 2016, [4] a mere six weeks before the election, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia entered a preliminary injunction that barred Alabama, Kansas, Georgia, and, indirectly, any other state, from requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote.

The Court of Appeals’ ruling opens the floodgates for voting by tens of millions of illegal aliens and other noncitizens on American soil, thus blatantly undermining the American Republic for which so many Americans fought and died.  The dissenting opinion of the Court of Appeals’ Senior Circuit Judge Randolph well-describes the Court’s ruling: “Of utmost importance is that on the eve of a Presidential election, and elections for federal office, a court has issued an injunction forbidding Kansas, Georgia and Alabama from enforcing their election laws, laws requiring those who seek to register to vote to prove that they are citizens of this country.  That order is unconstitutional.  In my view the appeal should have been disposed on the ground that the League of Women Voters and their allies have not even come close to demonstrating the type of harm entitling them to an order suspending these state laws.”

Notwithstanding Judge Randolph’s dissent, the bad guys prevailed.  Now what does all of this mean?  It means that, right before the presidential election, federal courts created a massive legal hole that empowers noncitizens to register to vote and, once registered, to vote in America’s elections with impunity, thereby undermining and diluting the vote of lawful Americans and striking at the very heart of our democracy.  It means that President-elect Trump may very well be right, that he “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Quite frankly, Mr. Speaker, we will never know for sure if hundreds of thousands or millions of noncitizens voted in the 2016 elections.  Worse yet, if the left-wing media and pundits continue to summarily dismiss and turn a blind eye to the problem, it will be harder to stop future elections from being stolen. 

 

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[1] Louis Jacobson, “Donald Trump’s Pants on Fire claim that millions of illegal votes cost him popular vote victory”, November 28, 2016, http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/nov/28/donald-trump/donald-trumps-pants-fire-claim-millions-illegal-vo/.

[2] Jesse T. Richman, Gulshan A. Chattha, David C. Earnest, “Do Non-Citizens Vote In U.S. Elections?”, December, 2014,  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261379414000973

[3] League of Women Voters of the United States, et al., v. Brian D. Newby, in his capacity as the Executive Director of the United States Election Assistance Commission, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, etc.; Case 1:16-cv-00236-RJL, United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  Kansas and Georgia’s proof of citizenship requirements were also approved.

[4] League of Women Voters of the United States, et al., v. Brian D. Newby, in his capacity as the Executive Director of the United States Election Assistance Commission, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, etc.; Case 16-5196, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

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News Release: Brooks' Statement on Appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions to U.S. Attorney General

2016/11/18

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today remarked on the historic appointment of the first U.S. Attorney General from Alabama, Senator Jeff Sessions.

Congressman Brooks said, “While Senator Sessions will be sorely missed in the United States Senate, he is an outstanding choice to be America’s next Attorney General.  With decades of distinguished service on the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Alabama Attorney General, and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, President-elect Trump could hardly have made a better choice to lead the Justice Department.  Senator Sessions’ commitment to the rule of law and to the Constitution will mean progress for American jurisprudence, and I congratulate him on this historic appointment.” 

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News Release: Brooks Introduces Legislation to Reform TPS Program

2016/11/17

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) introduced the TPS Reform Act (H.R. 6345) to bring much needed reform to the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.  The TPS program was established as a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of a country because of ongoing armed conflict or an environmental disaster, among other reasons.  However, “Temporary” Protected Status is de facto permanent, as under current law, it is almost certain to be repeatedly renewed every 12 or 18 months.  The TPS Reform Act would shift authority from the Executive and empower Congress to designate a nation’s participation in the TPS program, and it would set strict but reasonable maximum lengths for TPS duration. 

Original cosponsors of the TPS Reform Act include Congressmen Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Steve King (IA-4), Paul Gosar (AZ-4), Walter Jones (NC-3), Dave Brat (VA-7), and Brian Babin (TX-36).  The TPS Reform Act is endorsed by NumbersUSA and the Federation for American Immigration Reform.  

Congressman Brooks said, “Temporary Protected Status is not meant to be permanent.  My bill, the TPS Reform Act, would remove TPS protection from illegal immigrants, strip the Executive Branch of the authority to designate TPS, and give that power back to Congress.  More than 300,000 illegal aliens may reside in the United States under the description of TPS.  They are often granted extensions to their ‘temporary’ status giving them many benefits such as work permits, Social Security Numbers, driver’s licenses, and more.  Congress must put American citizens first and take back control of our immigration system.”

Rosemary Jenks, Director of Government Relations at NumbersUSA praised the TPS Reform Act and commented, “The Executive Branch has been abusing this temporary, humanitarian program for 26 years, using it as a de facto amnesty program.  This bill would restore critical oversight by Congress.”

The Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Mark Krikorian, stated, “The government's site says 'TPS does not lead to permanent resident status,' and strictly speaking, that is correct; the attorney general can terminate it, at which point the people in question revert to their original status—i.e., in most cases go back to being illegal aliens.  But in practice, TPS is renewed as many times as necessary to ensure that no one is deported.  Only in the smallest of cases, involving a few dozen or at most a few hundred people, has this 'temporary' status actually been ended without everyone getting a green card, and as far as I know, no one has ever been made to leave because they lost TPS.”

Federation for American Immigration Reform Executive Director, Dan Stein, noted, “Our laws should not reward illegal immigrants to the United States regardless of the political or natural upheavals in their homelands.  Otherwise, experience shows that we will encourage further illegal immigration.  By now, we should have learned from experience that TPS is misnamed—what we offer as ‘temporary’ protection is most often seen by the aliens residing illegally in the United States as a foot in the door to legal permanent residence.  They are happy to accept our offer of humanitarian concern, but they have no intention of departing the United States when TPS status expires.”

 

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2016/11/11


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2016/11/01


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Rep. Brooks Addresses House to Support President-elect Trump's Assertion of Voter Fraud

2016-11-30 21:01:42


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2016-11-30 15:27:38


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2016-09-14 15:21:06


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Rep. Brooks Calls on Speaker to Grow Economy, Pass FairTax

2016-09-08 21:20:40


Brooks Defends Law Enforcement from Obama Administration's "War on Police"

2016-09-08 14:41:20


Brooks Questions Panel on Commercial Remote Sensing and National Security Interests

2016-09-07 20:17:44


HFAC Hearing: Countering the Virtual Caliphate: The State Department's Performance

2016-07-14 17:15:59


Science Space and Technology Committee Hearing: Ensuring Sound Science at EPA

2016-06-22 18:33:23


Rep Brooks in SST Hearing on Human Spaceflight Ethics and Obligations

2016-06-15 20:05:07


“The Martian” Author Optimistic About Future Outlook for Space Industry

2016-05-18 21:46:17


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2016-04-28 07:00:38


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2016-04-28 07:33:12


NDAA FY 2017 - Brooks Opposes Gallego Amendment

2016-04-28 05:59:59


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2016-04-20 14:34:10


America Must Learn from Venezuela Insolvency Damage

2016-03-15 14:16:34


Rep Brooks Questions Witnesses on The Space Leadership Preservation Act

2016-02-26 15:16:43


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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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