Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) spoke to and took questions from more than 400 attendees at the Nineteenth Annual Directed Energy Symposium in Huntsville. Redstone Arsenal has played a pioneering and pivotal role in the application of directed energy (electromagnetic radiation, lasers, and the like) as weapons.
Congressman Brooks said, “It is very appropriate for the Directed Energy Symposium to be held in Huntsville this year as the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command has been designated to lead high-energy laser development. Moreover, the Missile Defense Agency, also on Redstone, has had some very significant high-energy laser programs and is currently maintaining robust technology investment through our national laboratories. Finally, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is leading the way for in-space propulsion and they have looked at various methods of employing high-energy lasers for space travel. The outstanding turnout of more than 400 attendees is a testament to the central role North Alabama has in this emerging technology field.”
Brooks added, “In Washington, I recently facilitated a meeting with almost all of the Alabama congressional delegation and key staff members for an update from Tom Webber, the Acting Director of the Technical Center at US Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Together with Dr. Kip Kendrick, Chief of the High Energy Laser Division, we were encouraged to hear how diligent their team has been to setting realistic goals on a path to fielding an operational high-energy laser.”
Brooks concluded, “The Tennessee Valley has a pivotal role in the future of directed energy, not only through the work with the Army and NASA, but also the work being done by the Missile Defense Agency and the Missile and Space Intelligence Center. As a member of the Congressional Directed Energy Caucus I will continue working to advocate and raise awareness for the national security applications of this technology in Congress.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised House action in the 115th Congress to roll-back harmful regulations that stifle American ingenuity and strip local educators of flexibility and authority. Through use of the Congressional Review Act, the House has taken immediate steps to strike harmful, unnecessary Obama-era regulations.
Congressman Brooks said, “While federal regulations are nothing new, under the Obama Administration harmful regulations skyrocketed across all sectors of the American economy. I hear first-hand from Tennessee Valley residents about the staggering cost, time, and personnel required to comply with these burdensome regulations. I was proud to support House passage of legislation in the first weeks of the 115th Congress to overturn egregious regulations that push top-down, one-size-fits-all federal policies on local and state governments.”
Brooks continued, “This week, the House passed two resolutions (H.J.Res.57 and H.J.Res.58), with my support, to nullify rules adopted by the U.S. Department of Education in the final days of the Obama Administration. The House resolutions repeal education regulations that would establish onerous federal reporting requirements on local educators and impose federal standards for teachers, bypassing meaningful state standards. By overturning these rules, Washington is providing flexibility and authority to local educators, parents, and teachers to enact education policies most suited to their communities. In my view, the federal government has no business dictating to local and state governments how to operate their K-12 schools.”
Brooks concluded, “For too long federal agencies have wielded enormous unilateral power, costing our economy billions, hampering our children’s education, and hamstringing states with unfunded mandates and unworkable, inflexible policies. President Trump weighed in, supporting these important resolutions, and Congress has an exciting opportunity to restore the balance of power between our three branches of government.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) made the following statement in response to the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against President Donald Trump’s immigration Executive Order.
Congressman Brooks said, “I am disappointed the 9th Circuit Court, often the most error-prone and reversed circuit court of appeal, ruled against President Donald Trump’s Executive Order to temporarily restrict travel into the United States from countries designated as terrorist-infested by the previous Obama Administration. Unfortunately, the 9th Circuit regularly hands down politically leftist, activist decisions. Fortunately, their politically motivated orders are frequently reversed by the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, American lives are at risk until this unfounded and reckless order is reversed by the Supreme Court.”
Brooks continued, “The law and the Constitution are clear. The United States code, 8 U.S. Code § 1182, states, ‘Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.’ Further, Article II of the Constitution gives the President broad, sweeping discretion in matters that involve international affairs and defense of America. A first year law student would have no trouble reading the law and quickly finding that President Trump has every legal right to protect Americans by issuing this national security Executive Order.”
Brooks concluded, “Most importantly, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' order unnecessarily risks American lives and threatens the security of the United States. President Trump has learned from the murders and terrorist attacks by so-called refugees in Europe. Apparently Democrat Congressmen, Senators and judges insist on the murder of Americans before they will recognize that the terrorist threat is real. For emphasis, the seven countries listed in the temporary order were identified by the Obama Administration as risks to American lives. It is common-sense to temporarily pause travel from terrorist-infested foreign countries until America’s refugee review process is strengthened to better protect Americans from the violence, murder, and mayhem that has become all too common in Europe, the Middle-East, and other parts of the globe.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) issued the following statement in response to Governor Robert Bentley’s selection of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to replace outgoing Senator Jeff Sessions. Luther Strange’s U.S. Senate term is subject to a state-wide special election in 2018.
Congressman Brooks said, “I know Luther Strange quite well, having gotten to know him both during campaigns and during his service as Alabama’s Attorney General. I look forward to working with Luther in the U.S. Senate and will do everything I can to help him be the best senator he can possibly be, both because he is my friend and because that is exactly what Alabama and America need at this critical junction in our history.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised the Senate confirmation of Jeff Sessions as United States Attorney General.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Although this confirmation should have come sooner, I am pleased the Senate today confirmed Jeff Sessions as the United States Attorney General under President Donald Trump. I look forward to his strict enforcement of our immigration laws, support for local law enforcement officers, protection of our Second Amendment rights, and adherence to the rule of law. I appreciate Jeff Sessions’ willingness to serve and have every confidence he will faithfully defend the Constitution and protect the rights of all Americans.”
Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) addressed the House floor to respond to the Washington Post’s partisan “Fake News” hit piece giving Brooks a “Four Pinocchios” score on truthfulness.
Brooks stated, “At a Republican meeting in Philadelphia, a felony was committed by the illegal tape recording and subsequent publication of my private conversation with Vice-President Mike Pence about voter fraud. Rather than reporting about my being a voter fraud victim, or about something else I said, that a federal court decree opened the floodgates for illegal alien voting, the Washington Post did a partisan ‘Fake News’ hit piece and gave me, the voter fraud victim, a ‘Four Pinocchios’ score on truthfulness.”
Brooks added, “I proudly wear the Washington Post’s ‘Four Pinocchios’ like a red badge of courage. I know what the truth was. I was there. . . . When the polls opened, 11 of 45 voting machines registered votes for all candidates on the ballot . . . except for Mo Brooks. Not once was my opponent or any other candidate blocked on any machine!”
Brooks continued, “If there are 11 machines that each have one name blocked out, the odds that all 11 blocked out names are Mo Brooks are 1 chance in 26 to the 11th power. Hence, the odds that my name, and only my name, was accidently blocked out on 11 different machines, as the Washington Post would have you believe, are 1 chance out of 26 to the 11th power, or 1 chance out of 3.6 quadrillion chances.”
Brooks concluded, “Mr. Speaker, the Post’s ‘Fake News’ hit piece begs a broader question. Why would the Washington Post even bother to write about an election they know nothing about that happened over 34 years ago? The answer: partisan paranoia. The Democrats and their media allies like the Washington Post are so paranoid and angry about President Trump’s election that they are shrilly lying and lashing out against anybody, anytime, regardless of truth.”
Text of Congressman Brooks’ remarks:
Mr. Speaker, “Fake News” by the leftist Washington Post has gotten even more shrill and more irrational since Donald Trump became president. At a Republican meeting in Philadelphia, a felony was committed by the illegal tape recording and subsequent publication of my private conversation with Vice-President Mike Pence about voter fraud. The Washington Post reported that I said:
“In my first election in 1982, Democrats rigged about 25 percent of the voting machines to vote for everyone on the ballot but me. That’s 11 of 45 machines.”
Rather than reporting about my being a voter fraud victim, or about something else I said, that a federal court decree opened the floodgates for illegal alien voting, the Washington Post did a partisan “Fake News” hit piece and gave me, the voter fraud victim, a “Four Pinocchios” score on truthfulness.
Mr. Speaker, I proudly wear the Washington Post’s “Four Pinocchios” like a red badge of courage. I know what the truth was. I was there. Here are the facts. In 1982, I was a Republican candidate in Alabama House District 18 at a time when Democrats dominated Alabama.
All 31 of Alabama’s statewide elected officials were Democrats. Democrats held every partisan elected office in Alabama’s Tennessee Valley. On Election Day, angry voters called me nonstop about rigged voting machines that would not allow them to vote for Mo Brooks. As a former assistant district attorney, I knew how to conduct an investigation. I talked with witnesses. I examined documents. Another attorney did the same.
When the polls opened, 11 of 45 voting machines registered votes for all candidates on the ballot . . . except for Mo Brooks. Not once was my opponent or any other candidate blocked on any machine!
My home town is the birthplace of America’s space program and many of America’s high tech weaponry. We know math. Mathematically, if there are 26 candidates on the ballot, which there were, and only one name is blocked out, the odds of a particular candidate being blocked out are 1 in 26. If there are two machines that each has one name blocked out, the odds of Mo Brooks being blocked out both times is 1 in 26 squared, or 1 chance out of 676 chances.
If there are 11 machines that each have one name blocked out, the odds that all 11 blocked out names are Mo Brooks are 1 chance in 26 to the 11th power. Hence, the odds that my name, and only my name, was accidently blocked out on 11 different machines, as the Washington Post would have you believe, are 1 chance out of 26 to the 11th power, or 1 chance out of 3.6 quadrillion chances.
Conversely, the probability that these 11 voting machines were rigged is 3.6 quadrillion to 1. The evidence is overwhelming. There was no accident. The voting machines were rigged. Who rigged the voting machines? In 1982, every single elected official with control over voting machines was a Democrat.
In 1982, I was campaigning in a hotly contested race to be the only Republican legislator in the northern third of Alabama. I was the breach in the Democrat Party dam. Earlier in the campaign, the Democrat Alabama Secretary of State, who is now serving hard time in federal prison, notified me that I would be removed from the ballot because my paperwork was allegedly not in their files.
Fortunately, I had date-stamped copies of the documents I filed, thereby forcing the Democrat Secretary of State to back off. The Democrats had motive. The Democrats had opportunity. The Democrats had control. It is “Fake News” for the Washington Post to cover up Democrat sins by suggesting otherwise.
Mr. Speaker, the Post’s “Fake News” hit piece begs a broader question. Why would the Washington Post even bother to write about an election they know nothing about that happened over 34 years ago?
The answer: partisan paranoia. The Democrats and their media allies like the Washington Post are so paranoid and angry about President Trump’s election that they are shrilly lying and lashing out against anybody, anytime, regardless of truth. The Washington Post. Fake News. Sad!
As a footnote, despite the voter fraud, I won the election with 57% of the vote. And in a court-ordered election just one year later, voters still angry about Democrat voter fraud reelected me with 82% of the vote, that’s 25 percentage points higher than when the Democrats rigged the voter machines!
Mr. Speaker, I yield back.
1230 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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