Washington, DC – This morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) delivered the following speech on the House floor.
Text of Congressman Brooks’ remarks:
“Mr. Speaker, this is a very difficult speech for me to give. God works in mysterious ways. When you are an elected official, missed votes require an explanation. That is why I disclose this otherwise very personal, very private, and very humbling matter.
“On Halloween Night after votes and as I stood on the Capitol steps, my doctor called and said, ‘Congressman Brooks. Bad news. You have high risk prostate cancer.’ I felt an adrenalin rush as a chill went up and down my spine.
“By way of background, prostate cancer kills almost 27,000 American men each year and is the third leading cause of cancer deaths, behind only lung and colorectal cancers.
“71% of prostate cancer patients die in less than five years if the prostate cancer has spread beyond the abdominal cavity. In stark contrast, almost all prostate cancer patients live longer than five years if the cancer is discovered early and killed before it spreads.
“For example, my father discovered his prostate cancer early. He lived four decades after his prostatectomy. My grandfather discovered his prostate cancer too late. He died not long thereafter.
“After my doctor’s diagnosis, I called my wife, Martha, who was back home in Huntsville welcoming Trick or Treaters, and shared the bad news. That night was one of the loneliest nights apart in our 41-year marriage. I kept thinking about my wonderful family, ‘What do I do next,’ and ‘How do I beat this cancer?’
“Overnight I formed a plan and began implementing it. In an emotional meeting, I informed my Washington staff of my cancer, that I was immediately flying to Huntsville after a CT Scan that afternoon, and that, for medical reasons, I would be in Alabama the rest of the week.
“Based on advice from friends and doctors, I chose Dr. Scott Tully as my treating physician. Dr. Tully is widely respected and has performed more than 3,000 prostatectomies. On Thursday, Martha and I drove to Birmingham to obtain Dr. Tully’s insight about treatment options and risks. He advised a radical prostatectomy.
“At Dr. Tully’s direction, I undertook a heart stress test and a Nuclear Bone Scan. Finally, I got some good news. My CT Scan and Nuclear Bone Scan revealed no cancer beyond the prostate. My heart stress test confirmed that I was strong enough to undergo the two to three hour surgery.
“Prostate cancer mortality is compelling. Speed is critical in the fight against prostate cancer. In compliance with the 2017 House Calendar that set end-of-year votes on December 14, and at some risk to myself, Dr. Tully and I delayed my surgery until December 15, this Friday, and set a post-surgery medical procedure for December 20.
“My plan was to recuperate at home during the holidays with my family and return to Washington for a full work load when Congress reconvenes on January 3. Unfortunately, last week the House Speaker abruptly changed the House voting calendar that I relied on to set my surgery. As a result, next week I will miss House floor votes unless I am unexpectedly medically cleared to travel.
“There are three insights from my experience that I wish to share with the public. First, don’t ever take your health or family for granted. During the holidays, enjoy your family . . . because no one is promised tomorrow.
“Second, I encourage age appropriate men to have regular PSA tests. While PSA tests do not diagnose cancer, my PSA spike persuaded me to have the prostate biopsy that revealed my ‘high risk’ prostate cancer early enough for me to enjoy a very good cure prognosis.
“Third, I ran for the Senate in 2017. I finished third out of nine candidates in the Republican Primary. Had I won, I would not have had time for my physical and PSA test. I would not have had a prostate biopsy. I would not now know about my ‘high risk’ prostate cancer that requires immediate surgery.
“In retrospect, and paradoxically, losing the Senate race may have saved my life!
“Yes, God does work in mysterious ways.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today released the following statement after joining President Trump at the White House for the signing of Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1). The directive instructs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to return American astronauts to the Moon for long-term exploration and pursue human exploration of Mars and the broader solar system.
Congressman Brooks said, “As Vice-Chairman of the Space Subcommittee and the representative for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, I was pleased to join President Trump today at the White House for the signing of Space Policy Directive 1 (SPD-1). The directive marks an important step forward for NASA, returning American astronauts to the Moon to establish the foundation for an expedition to Mars and the broader solar system.”
Brooks concluded, “I am extremely proud of the leading role the Tennessee Valley will play in accomplishing President Trump’s directive. The Space Launch System (SLS), a portion of which is being developed and tested at Marshall, is the vehicle American astronauts will utilize for deep space exploration. This month marks 45 years since the Apollo 17 lunar landing, the last manned mission to the Moon, so it is fitting that President Trump today signed SPD-1 to restore America’s commitment to human space exploration.”
Washington, DC – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today voted for H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. This bill aims to protect our Second Amendment right to bear arms by ensuring that individuals qualified to carry a concealed handgun in their home state can also carry a firearm across state lines. Brooks is an original cosponsor of H.R. 38, which passed the House by a vote of 231-198.
Congressman Brooks said, “Today’s House passage of concealed carry reciprocity is a win both for gun owners everywhere and for the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Constitutional rights don’t end at state lines. This bill helps to ensure that all Americans are able to protect themselves and their families from criminals and terrorists when traveling from state to state.”
Brooks concluded, “If H.R. 38 is enacted into law, then every citizen’s Constitutional right to carry concealed firearms will be protected and promoted. The Second Amendment is not only a matter of public safety for law-abiding citizens, it is a fundamental part of America’s Bill of Rights. In that vein, I am proud to protect the Second Amendment and promote concealed carry reciprocity.”
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted for the conference report to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018. The NDAA authorizes America’s national defense programs and passed the House 356-70. This conference report resolves differences between the two different NDAA versions that passed the House and Senate earlier this year. Once the House and Senate both pass the conference report, it will go to the White House for the President’s signature.
The FY18 NDAA conference report authorizes a huge $88.7 billion increase over FY 2017 national defense funding. It authorizes $634.2 billion for base budget requirements and $65.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding, for a record-high total of $699.9 billion.
Congressman Brooks said, “The sequestration provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011 (which I voted against) wrongly targeted national defense spending with disproportionate spending cuts that have hamstrung America’s warfighters for more than six years. In sum, and although national defense is only about 16% of total federal government spending, the Budget Control Act disproportionately burdened national defense with almost two-thirds of all budget cuts. A major reason why I voted for the FY18 NDAA conference report is that it reverses the damage done to national defense by the Budget Control Act caps and sequestration constraints, thereby restoring the support America’s warfighters need to successfully perform their missions – in an increasingly dangerous world.
“Of particular interest to Redstone Arsenal and the Tennessee Valley, the NDAA:
Brooks concluded, “Although it does not directly impact the Tennessee Valley economy, the NDAA continues funding for three Littoral Combat Ships, which is welcome news for the Navy and Mobile Bay, where the Littoral Combat Ships are constructed.
“Moreover, I’m pleased that five amendments I offered to the House NDAA were included in the final NDAA conference report. Overall, the FY18 NDAA takes a step toward restoring vital funding, modernizing equipment, and providing our warfighters with the personnel and weaponry needed to protect America.”
* 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.
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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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