Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). The House passed this measure by a vote of 348-77. Similarly, the Senate voted today 97-1 to override the President’s veto. This bipartisan legislation protects the right of families of victims of terror attacks to recover compensation for injuries and loss of loved ones from foreign states that aid and abet terrorist acts on American soil. JASTA gives victims of terrorism a voice and a pathway to justice.
Congressman Brooks said, “This is the first time that the American people, through their representatives in Congress, have joined in a passionate and bipartisan condemnation of President Obama’s support for foreign state terrorism, resoundingly overriding the President’s veto. This Administration’s attempt to deny the right of American victims of terrorism to seek compensation from accomplices who aided and abetted terrorism is unconscionable.”
Brooks concluded, “By vetoing this legislation, President Obama tried to, with a stroke of his pen, deny families affected by the 9/11 attacks from having their day in court. The President is not acting in the best interests of American citizens. Thanks to our system of checks and balances, however, Congress can provide justice to American victims of terrorism, despite the President’s objection. I stand with the American citizens seeking recourse under the law, and I stand against the President’s attempt to protect terrorism accomplices from American justice.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) welcomed Marshall Space Flight Center Director Todd May to Washington for a Space Transportation Association (STA) event this week. STA was founded in 1989 by LTG Dan Graham (US Army, ret.), MG Milnor Roberts (US Army, ret.), and BG Bob Richardson (US Air Force, ret.) with the objective of educating and updating policy makers, industry representatives, and federal government employees on the latest issues in the space community.
Congressman Brooks said, “The Tennessee Valley is grateful for the leadership of Director Todd May and the many individuals at Marshall Space Flight Center whose hard work contributes to America’s space leadership. Director May manages an annual budget of roughly $2.5 billion, which provides a stellar return on investment of taxpayer dollars, as it results in an overall economic impact of around $7 billion and nearly 38,000 jobs across the country!”
Brooks continued, “Thank you Director May, for your service to our nation, Marshall makes Alabama, and indeed the country, very proud. In the words of Dr. von Braun, ‘The greatest gain from space travel consists in the extension of our knowledge. In a hundred years, this newly won knowledge will pay huge and unexpected dividends.’”
Text of Congressman Brooks’ remarks:
Before I introduce Todd, I’m not sure if all of you are aware, but I’ve heard that many of you are aware, the Marshall Space Flight Center family had a tragic accident yesterday. One of the employees, whose attention for whatever reason was probably diverted maybe thinking about other work or what have you, inadvertently left their 7 month old child in the car.
And unfortunately the child did not survive the heat of being kept in the car while he was working. So if we could let’s have a moment of silence for the Marshall Space Flight Center family generally and this family in particular as they struggle with their loss. Thank you.
I am pleased to join you all today and welcome Marshall Space Flight Center Director, Todd May, to Washington. Huntsville Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center, as many of you know, is one of NASA’s largest field installations with nearly 6,000 civil service and contract employees.
Director May, a native Alabamian - kudos, Roll Tide - started his career with NASA at Marshall’s Material and Process Lab in 1991, a year after he earned his bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Auburn University. War Eagle! I’m entitled to do both. I have a University of Alabama degree in addition to my Duke University degree, and I have two sons who have Auburn University engineering degrees, so unlike many politicians who just say that to say that, I have background at the University of Alabama with my wife also graduating from there and as is so often the case our money went to Auburn.
He manages an annual budget of roughly 2.5 billion dollars, which provides a stellar return on investment of taxpayer dollars, as it results in an overall economic impact of around 7 billion dollars and nearly 38,000 jobs across the country! Marshall is home to the Space Launch System, or SLS, the most powerful rocket ever, able to carry astronauts in the Orion spacecraft on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately we hope on a journey to Mars.
SLS is also a nation-wide effort. With more than 1,100 companies in 43 states supporting SLS and America’s aerospace infrastructure, Marshall is leading the development of what is truly America’s rocket! The SLS program celebrates success after success. Just last month, NASA conducted a successful 420-second-long test of the SLS-reconfigured RS-25 engine down at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
In June, we celebrated the successful final tests of the SLS’s solid rocket booster in Utah. And currently, large amounts of SLS and Orion hardware are coming off the line at Marshall’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. It’s easy to brag about Marshall and SLS, and Todd’s leadership is a continuation of the visions of his predecessors, including those of Marshall’s first director, Dr. Wernher von Braun.
Director May’s many awards include NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, and the John W. Hager Award for professionalism in materials engineering. He has also been named a Distinguished Engineer by Auburn University.
Todd and his wife, Kelly, have four children and reside in Huntsville. As an aside, we also have four kids. May you be blessed with the eight grandchildren we have. All of them live in Madison County, in Huntsville and the City of Madison.
Before turning it over to Director May, I’d like to close with some words from the visionary in whose footsteps he follows. In the words of Dr. von Braun, “The greatest gain from space travel consists in the extension of our knowledge. In a hundred years, this newly won knowledge will pay huge and unexpected dividends.”
And those of us who are personally familiar with NASA and what it has done, and the spinoffs, we have a good understanding of what those benefits are. I pray that we’ll do somewhat a better job of helping the American people understand the technological advancements that are due to the space program.
Director May, thank you, and the many individuals whose hard work contributes to America’s space leadership. If every bright idea were a star, Todd May’s Marshall Space Flight Center would be a galaxy. You and your team make Alabama, and indeed the country, very proud. Ladies and gentlemen, Marshall Space Flight Center Director, Todd May.
Washington, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted in support of House passage of H.R. 5931, the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act. Last week, the legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which Congressman Brooks is a member. H.R. 5931 was introduced in direct response to the Obama Administration’s reckless initial cash ransom payment of $400 million and subsequent payments, totaling $1.7 billion, to the Iranian regime, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
Congressman Brooks said, “I’m pleased the House expeditiously took up House Foreign Affairs Committee legislation to prevent future ransom payments to Iran. While the Administration claims the payments are part of a decades old settlement, a Department of State spokesman admitted the cash payment was used as ‘leverage’ to gain the release of American hostages. However the Administration wants to describe the cash payment, the action undermines American interests and is extremely dangerous. Not surprisingly, this ransom payment has already led to more Americans and other dual nationals being taken hostage.”[i]
Brooks concluded, “This Administration has proved all too willing to skirt the law and put Americans at risk – in this case by sending billions to a rogue regime that chants ‘death to America’ to this day. I am glad the House passed legislation to prevent future cash payouts to Iran that only serve to endanger Americans and subsidize Islamic terrorism.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted in favor of H.R. 3438, the Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists (REVIEW) Act, to postpone any federal regulation imposing an annual cost of more than $1 billion until the judicial review process is complete, protecting Americans from being forced to comply with unlawful regulations. Congressman Brooks is a cosponsor of the REVIEW Act which seeks to roll back the damage caused by the unparalleled expansion of the regulatory state by the Obama Administration.
Congressman Brooks said, “Every week I hear from constituents who are struggling to breathe under the heavy weight of Washington red tape. While federal regulations are not unique to the Obama Administration, since he took office in 2009, federal agencies have issued more than 20,000 regulations. American workers know the havoc these regulations wreak on our struggling working class, consumers, and businesses. The REVIEW Act will postpone these high-impact rules until judicial review is resolved.”
Brooks added, “For emphasis, according to a Heritage Foundation study, the compliance burden for regulations from 43 new major rules in 2015 totaled $22 billion.[i] The EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule alone has an annual compliance cost of $7.2 billion dollars.[ii] What’s worse, former Energy Department Assistant Secretary Charles McConnell stated that the Clean Power Plan will, at best, reduce global temperature by a mere one one-hundredth of a degree Celsius.”
Brooks concluded, “The callousness of unelected rule makers in handing down onerous proclamations, without relevant industry understanding, is staggering. The REVIEW Act is an important step in curtailing far-reaching federal regulations, and I was proud to support House passage.”
Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) addressed the House floor to warn of the risks posed to the economy and national security should America continue the massive immigration wave of the last 40 years.
Brooks stated, “America’s population has exploded to 321 million people due primarily to 62 million foreign born people plus their minor children.” Brooks continued, “Consistent with the above, the Census Bureau estimates that, within seven years, America’s population will have the highest percentage of foreign born people since the Revolutionary War, adding another 74 million people to America’s population over the next 45 years. Although Americans are supportive or tolerant of legal immigration, they are showing a growing unease in the face of this record-breaking immigration tidal wave that drives up welfare costs, overcrowds schools and hospitals, and increasingly subjects American citizens to growing crime and terrorist attack risk.”
Brooks concluded, “America must recognize our challenges and opportunities. Hence, we must 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, America’s population will explode and America will lose its special place in history.”
Text of Congressman Brooks’ remarks:
Mr. Speaker, if not for the massive immigration wave of the last 40 years, America’s population would have stabilized or had modest growth.[i] Instead, America’s population has exploded to 321 million people due primarily to 62 million foreign born people plus their minor children. As an aside, illegal aliens are estimated to account for roughly 25% of that growth.[ii] Overall, America’s foreign born population grew from 4.7% of total population in 1970 to over 13% of total population in 2015.
Consistent with the above, the Census Bureau estimates that, within seven years, America’s population will have the highest percentage of foreign born people since the Revolutionary War, adding another 74 million people to America’s population over the next 45 years.[iii] Although Americans are supportive or tolerant of legal immigration, they are showing a growing unease in the face of this record-breaking immigration tidal wave that drives up welfare costs, overcrowds schools and hospitals, and increasingly subjects American citizens to growing crime and terrorist attack risk.
Consistent with this growing concern, a recent poll found that 61% of Americans believe “continued immigration into the country jeopardizes the United States.”[iv] Notwithstanding America’s concern, America’s wealthy elite use their campaign contributions, political influence, and popular media to glorify legal and illegal immigration to ensure their continuance.
Puppet-like politicians expand visa programs, ignore laws that protect Americans from illegal aliens, and seek to legalize those illegal aliens who have broken into our home. Left-wing media, Democrats, and even some Republicans, brand as racist and small-minded the working class Americans who object to massive immigration and label concerned politicians as paranoid isolationists.
What drives the craving by America’s wealthy elite for more foreign workers? Follow the money. Throughout history, from lords to merchant princes, elite have acquired great wealth by exploiting cheap slave or low-cost foreign labor.
Even here, America’s two great immigration waves depressed incomes of working citizens as large numbers of immigrants blew up the labor supply while also competing for and taking jobs from American citizens.[v]
On the plus side, back when America had seemingly unlimited natural resources and great spaces of open land, immigrants were self-sufficient, were not a financial burden on other Americans, and grew America’s wealth and gross domestic product.
In Ecclesiastes in the Bible, a very wise man, Solomon, once said, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”[vi] Times have changed. America’s natural resources are limited. We must import metals and energy to sustain our economy. Great spaces of usable land are long gone.
Further, technological advances and the intelligent machine age are dramatically changing labor markets. Rather than just more productive tools that must still have a human in the operational loop, intelligent machines produce value independently with minimal to no labor requirements. No longer is massive population growth essential to grow America’s gross domestic product.
America must recognize our challenges and opportunities. While over 5 billion foreigners want to migrate to America, in part because they earn only $10/day in their home countries,[vii] America has enough citizens and technology to assure our common defense and economic advancement.
Each foreigner imported consumes space and resources, neither of which is infinite. Hence, we must 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, America’s population will explode and America will lose its special place in history.
[i] Total Fertility Rate has averaged less than 2 since 1975: Gretchen Livingston, February 24, 2015, Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? It depends, Pew Research Center,
[ii] Steven A. Camarota, March 2016, 61 Million Immigrants and Their Young Children Now Live in the United States Three-fourths are legal immigrants and their children, Center for Immigration Studies, http://cis.org/sites/cis.org/files/immigrants-and-their-children-16_0.pdf
[iii] Karen Zeigler, Steven A. Camarota April 2015, Immigrant Population to Hit Highest Percentage Ever in 8 Years, Center for Immigration Studies, http://cis.org/Immigrant-Population-Hit%20Highest-Percentage-Ever-in-8-Years
[iv] Peter Coy, March 8, 2016, Americans Really Don't Like Immigration, New Survey Finds Sixty-one percent say it jeopardizes the nation, Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-07/americans-really-don-t-like-immigration-new-survey-finds
[v] George J. Borjas, Richard B. Freeman, Lawrence F. Katz, January 1992, On the Labor Market Effects of Immigration and Trade, 213-244, http://www.nber.org/chapters/c6910.pdf; Numerous Authors, November 1994, Immigration and the Labor Market: Discussion Sponsored by Center for Immigration Studies and Center for Public Policy & Contemporary Issues, http://cis.org/Immigration%2526LaborMarket
[vi] King James Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1
[vii] Rakesh Kochhar, August 13, 2015, A Global Middle Class Is More Promise than Reality, Pew Research Center, http://www.pewglobal.org/2015/07/08/a-global-middle-class-is-more-promise-than-reality/
WASHINGTON, D.C. — During an awards ceremony in the U.S. Capitol, Congressman Brooks (AL-05) was presented with the Tax Fighter Award from the National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) for his support of legislation aimed at simplifying our tax code and providing tax relief for Americans.
NTLC President Lewis K. Uhler presented the award to Congressman Brooks in Washington, saying, “Representative Brooks’ votes on tax and spending issues in the 114th Congress earned him an ‘A’ grade and the Tax Fighter Award. Representative Brooks has been a leader in the battle on behalf of taxpayers to kill the hated death tax, reduce tax rates and the complexity of the tax code, to provide incentives for private savings, investment and job creation, to control the growth of federal spending and to force Congress to act on major, economic growth-inducing tax reform. Representative Brooks has been a major asset to taxpayers all across America during his congressional service. He has had the courage to challenge the orthodoxy of Washington special interests. His leadership is vital to America’s future,” concluded Uhler.
Congressman Brooks said, “It is an honor to receive the Tax Fighter Award from the National Tax Limitation Committee for my work in the 114th Congress. I remain committed to supporting tax policies that spur economic growth and limit federal government spending and regulation, thereby allowing taxpayers to keep more of their hard-earned money.”
Background: Since 1975 the National Tax Limitation Committee, a 501(c)(4) grass roots taxpayer activist organization, has worked to limit taxes and spending and to reduce the size and scope of government at all levels. NTLC has led the national movement for constitutional tax and spending limits at the state and federal levels. NTLC publishes a congressional scorecard at the conclusion of each Congress, as it has for more than thirty years.
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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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