Three members of Alabama's congressional delegation slammed the budget deal agreed to Tuesday between legislative leaders and President Barack Obama, calling the agreement that lifts spending caps on defense and raises the debt ceiling for two years "financially irresponsible" and "gimmicky."Read More
Washington, D.C. –This morning, Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05) addressed the U.S. House, submitting for the Congressional Record, a letter agreed to by Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-01) which formalizes pledges that, if elected Speaker, Ryan will not bring up immigration reform “so long as Barack Obama is president” and Ryan will not allow any immigration bill to reach the floor for a vote unless it is supported by a majority of Republican House Members.
Brooks and other House Freedom Caucus members had concerns that Ryan may use the role of Speaker to push through immigration policies that will suppress the wages of and take even more jobs from struggling American families.
 “All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants – Number of U.S. Born Not Working Grew by 17 Million”, Center for Immigration Studies, June 2014, p. 1
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted for House passage of H.R. 692, the Default Prevention Act. H.R. 692 would allow the Treasury Secretary to borrow above the debt limit in order to pay principal and interest (including to the Social Security Trust Fund) on debt held by the public, in the event the statutory debt limit is reached. This takes the threat of default off of the table and allows the debate to instead focus on the need to confront our out-of-control spending.
As grounds for his vote on H.R. 692, Congressman Brooks stated:
President Obama has declared, “In case there’s any confusion, I will not negotiate over whether or not America keeps its word and meets its obligations; I will not negotiate over the full faith and credit of the United States.” Obama continued, “Let's stop the threats, stop the political posturing.”
With this statement, President Obama threatens to withhold payment of our sovereign debt obligations if we don’t unconditionally raise the debt ceiling. Congress established a debt ceiling to give fiscally responsible Congressmen the opportunity to negotiate solutions that get us off the path to insolvency and bankruptcy. If we raise the debt ceiling with no conditions, what purpose does the debt ceiling serve?
This bill makes it crystal clear that the President must prioritize the principal and interest on our sovereign debt, removing the effectiveness of President Obama’s threat.
Of course, we don’t expect the President to sign this bill into law. The Democrats won’t even allow this bill to get a vote in the Senate because they have no desire to face the hard choices necessary to keep our country from bankruptcy. This expectation, however, does not prevent us from doing our duty and helping focus the attention of the American people on the need to live within our means.
The Huntsville Veterans Affairs Clinic is officially open and the ribbon cutting held Wednesday morning drew hundreds from around the area. Redstone Arsenal leadership, state and local elected officials, and hundreds of veterans showed up for the grand unveiling.Read More
On Friday, October 9, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a nationwide stay blocking President Obama's EPA's Waters of the US rule. A group of 18 states had sued to block the controversial reinterpretation of existing law, arguing the rule is well beyond EPA's legal authority to issue. Several members of the Alabama Congressional Delegation commented on the ruling in favor of the states.Read More
A U.S. federal appeals court temporarily halted the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday from implementing the "Waters of the United States," a controversial regulation of the Clean Water Act that critics considered yet another federal power grab over state's waters.Read More
WASHINGTON – Though Congress ultimately passed a "continuing resolution" (CR) Wednesday funding the federal government, including abortion provider Planned Parenthood, for the next two months, it wasn't without significant pushback from Alabama's congressional Republicans, who all voted against the bill.Read More
Before President Obama announced late last week that the U.S. would accept several thousand Syrian refugees by the end of next year, an Alabama Congressman said none should be allowed in the country.Read More
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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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