Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Brooks: Threats to Security Require Action

2014/09/17

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement after voting in favor of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the government and supports efforts to defeat ISIL: “America faces growing threats to our security and stability that require action. Doing nothing to confront these threats is not an option. That’s why passage of today’s Continuing Resolution was so important. It keeps the government open, preserves the spending cuts negotiated by Paul Ryan and supports critical efforts to begin defeating the barbaric terrorist regime ISIL.    ISIL controls territory larger than the state of Indiana, has vast financial resources and recruits fighters from Western nations. ISIL poses a security risk to the United States that must be overcome. That’s why I voted in favor of an amendment to the Continuing Resolution authorizing the United States government to supply vital equipment and training to appropriately vetted Syrian rebels. President Obama has not adequately outlined a cohesive and comprehensive plan for dealing with this threat. So I’m encouraged this amendment also includes measures requiring the President to be transparent with Congress and the American people about the success of our efforts and the development of a real strategic plan for dealing with the rise of ISIL. One of the most important steps he must take is securing a broad coalition of nations to contribute to this effort. This is a goal that must be accomplished sooner rather than later, and most certainly before the Continuing Resolution sunsets on December 11.” The amendment to the CR authorizes the U.S. government to provide training, equipment, supplies and sustainment to vetted elements of the Syrian opposition. It requires the President to submit a report to Congress describing how the assistance fits within a larger regional strategy and also requires the Department of Defense to submit a report to Congress at least 15 days before providing assistance as well as a progress report every 90 days. The amendment is not an authorization for the use of military force. The Continuing Resolution funds the government through December 11, 2014 at the levels agreed upon in the Ryan-Murray budget deal. It specifically sets aside funds to assist veterans currently backlogged in the VA hospital system and to enhance Customs and Border Protection efforts. The CR passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 319-108. Read More

Susan Brooks: Remember 9/11, stay alert for new threats

2014/09/11

Like all Hoosiers, I have clear memories of Sept. 11, 2001. I picked up my kids from school — they were 8 and 11 at the time — and did my best to answer their questions and explain what had taken place. My thoughts also drifted back to the beginning of the summer, when Indianapolis hosted the World Police and Fire Games. Thousands of first responders from across the globe brought the Circle City to life with spirited and good-natured athletic competition. Many of them were from New York City who would sadly lose their lives on 9/11. Today, as our nation grieves the 9/11 victims and commemorates our heroic first responders, one thing must remain steadfast: our commitment to protecting our homeland from further terrorist attacks. Doing so requires us not only to tackle threats posed by other nations and networks of radicals, but also to face an internal threat: complacency. As the distance between that tragic day and the present continues to widen, we can’t lose sight of the lessons we’ve learned. Members of the 9/11 Commission, including vice chair and former Indiana congressman Lee Hamilton, made this point clearly in a recent report on ongoing and emerging security threats. They called our evolving security challenges “very real and very dangerous” and expressed concern that our “waning sense of urgency will divert attention and needed resources from counterterrorism efforts.” Meeting growing domestic and foreign threats requires us to push away complacency and instead pursue a cohesive and comprehensive strategy for keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe. It also requires us to be responsible as individual citizens by notifying the appropriate authorities if we become concerned about suspicious behavior or out-of-place objects. As a nation, we must continue to improve our most vital counterterrorism efforts. I was sworn in as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana just one month after 9/11, and I worked closely with law enforcement officials to set up the programs and task forces that work to keep communities safe from terrorism. These efforts have been successful on many levels, but they are not perfect and must be constantly refined. Congress must hold our various law enforcement agencies accountable for communicating clearly with one another and ensuring threats do not slip through the cracks as was the case with the Boston Marathon bombings. We must also provide more efficient oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was established after 9/11 with the purpose of preventing future terrorist attacks. Right now, DHS reports to more than 100 congressional committees and subcommittees. One of the primary 9/11 Commission recommendations was a more effective oversight process for DHS. Congress rarely reforms itself, but as a House Homeland Security Committee member, I am committed to making this recommendation a reality. The United States also needs a sufficient strategy for confronting the rise of ISIS, a barbaric and expansionist terrorist regime responsible for the slaughter of thousands of men, women and children and the gruesome murders of two American journalists. ISIS controls a territory within the Middle East roughly the size of Great Britain, has vast financial resources at its disposal and uses social media to recruit fighters from Western countries. It’s extremely concerning that recruits from our nation may be able to use their U.S. passports to return to our communities. Defeating ISIS is critical to our security interests and we must act upon a smart and decisive plan to do so. Everyone has memories of where they were and whom they were with on Sept. 11, 2001. As we reflect on those memories and mourn the lives lost, I encourage us as a country to recommit ourselves to preventing another attack on our nation. Being forever mindful of the pain and heartbreak we experienced that day will honor the men and women who played one summer at the Indianapolis World Police and Fire Games, only to lose their precious lives at the hands of terror three months later. Brooks is a U.S. congresswoman representing Indiana’s 5th District. Read More

Rep. Brooks Holds Mental Health Roundtable

2014/09/11

CARMEL – Rep. Susan Brooks met with dozens of mental-health professionals Thursday to get input on a proposed House bill that would bring sweeping changes to the nation’s mental-health system. The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act proposes changes to the nation’s mental health system by focusing programs and resources on psychiatric care for patients and families most in need of services.   The 135-page document was written and sponsored by Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy, who worked for three decades as a psychologist. Brooks, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the proposed legislation would bring major changes to how the mentally ill and their families receive treatment. The bill proposes increasing access to inpatient psychiatric care, clarifying privacy rules for families of the mentally ill and promoting alternatives to long-term inpatient care, such as court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment. “It’s an important document, and it’s the first time the mental-health system has been given this much attention in a very, very long time,” she said Thursday. Psychiatrists, social workers, professors and officials with mental-health agencies from across the state met with Brooks to discuss the bill and pinpoint how the federal government can streamline its mental health programs and services. Brooks said Congress likely won’t vote on the bill this year because of the November elections. Brooks is the U.S. representative for Indiana’s 5th district, which includes Greentown and Tipton. Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1. Read More

Brooks Holds Health Initiative Panel

2014/09/11

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN5) co-hosted a listening session Aug. 7 on the 21st Century Cures initiative with the Indiana Health Industry Forum, BioCrossroads, Hoosiers for Health, and the Indiana Medical Device Manufactures Council at Roche Diagnostics. The 21st Century Cures initiative is led by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. This new initiative looks to find ways to accelerate medical breakthroughs by taking a comprehensive look at three key points – discovery, development and delivery. The goal is to close the gap between the science of creating new cures and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory policies that slow the process. The committee is holding hearings and meetings to find solutions – with the idea that no idea is too small to discuss. After Roche Diagnostics Corporation Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Wayne Burris opened the meeting, Brooks began with an overview of the importance of the initiative to those constituents she represents in her eight-county district. “The life science sector is critical to our state and to our country, quite frankly. The average wage in the life science sector is $89,000 while the average (yearly) wage is in the private sector is $41,000,” said Brooks. “But life science is not just about giving people jobs, but also about making people healthier, or helping with health needs not in just this country but abroad.” The 17-member roundtable panel included representatives from Indiana-based medical device manufacturing companies, research and development corporations, and patient advocacy groups. “As a new member of congress, I’m concerned about what we are seeing with respect to policies that are possibly diminishing our place as a leader in life sciences in the world,” said Brooks. Brooks asked two questions to open the discussion: How can government help and how can government change what is hindering the development of cures? Brooks will take input she received at the listening session back to the committee in Washington, D.C. Acknowledging that regulatory policies are hindering discovery and delivery, she reassured the panel that Congress is listening. Read More

Brooks: Provide Landowners Stability and Security

2014/09/09

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act: “Farmers across the nation know the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rule will directly impact their ability to feed America’s families. They are joined in their opposition to this rule by a coalition of business owners, realtors, home builders and everyone who understands that private property should be free from overly broad federal regulations.  The EPA’s revisions to the Clean Water Act will give people less control over their own land and create more layers of costly and timely red tape. Since the Clean Water Act was first passed in 1972, states have successfully worked with federal policy makers to keep our nation’s waters safe. Policy makers on both sides have always readily acknowledged that not all waters should fall under federal jurisdiction. Unfortunately, this proposed rule negatively alters a partnership that has been working well. Many Hoosiers are passionately against this proposed rule and have brought their concerns to me at Connect with your Congresswoman events and other public forums. Today, I voted to stop this senseless proposed rule from moving forward. I urge the Senate to take up this legislation swiftly and provide landowners the stability and security they deserve.” The proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule gives the EPA new authority to regulate any body of water that has a bed, a bank or a high water mark. It is written so broadly that it will include standing water such as puddles left after storms that will dissipate naturally. Landowners may be forced to apply for EPA permits to perform basic tasks on their land in these instances.  The legislation passed by the House today aims to stop the rule from moving forward and forces the EPA to consult with state and local government agencies on future changes addressing the scope of the Clean Water Act.   Read More

Brooks to Host 21st Century Cures Listening Session

2014/08/06

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) will co-host a listening session on the “21st Century Cures” initiative with the Indiana Health Industry Forum, BioCrossroads, Hoosiers for Health and the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council on August 7, 2014 at Roche Diagnostics in Fishers from 1 – 2:30 p.m. The bipartisan “21st Century Cures” initiative is led by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and aims to accelerate the pace of cures and medical breakthroughs in the United States. Congresswoman Brooks will provide an update on the initiative and encourage Hoosier companies to provide feedback to the Energy and Commerce Committee. Participants will discuss advances Indiana based companies are making in medical technology and how these breakthroughs might apply to the greater “21st Century Cures” effort.  To learn more about the initiative, click here.   Members of the media wishing to attend should contact Alex Damron at Alex.Damron@mail.house.gov or 202-713-6633. WHO:   Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks              Indiana Life Science Leaders WHAT: Listening session on 21st Century Cures Initiative WHERE:   Roche Diagnostics                  10300 Kincaid Drive                  Fishers, Indiana 46037 WHEN: Thursday, August 7 from 1 – 2:30 p.m.  Read More

Indiana Republicans ask Obama for info on undocumented minors

2014/08/04

WASHINGTON — Indiana’s congressional Republicans joined Gov. Mike Pence on Friday in asking the Obama administration for more information about unaccompanied Central American children living in Indiana. In a letter to President Barack Obama sent days after Pence made a similar request, the GOP members of the delegation said the administration has failed to consult and inform state and local officials about the children living in Indiana while they await immigration proceedings for illegally crossing the border. “Currently we do not know with whom the children are being placed and if their health and safety can be guaranteed,” Rep. Susan Brooks wrote in a letter co-signed by the state’s seven other congressional Republicans. To read more of the Indy Star's coverage click here. Read More

Brooks: Plan Supports Overburdened States, Addresses Humanitarian and Security Needs

2014/08/04

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement after voting in favor of the House proposal to reunite unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border with their families in their home countries:  “I believe the unaccompanied minors crossing our southern border should be treated with dignity and compassion and returned to their home countries as soon as possible. Today, the House passed a proposal that provides the legislative framework, immediate humanitarian assistance and border protection resources necessary to begin making this happen. It’s disappointing the Senate adjourned without passing a single piece of legislation to address this crisis. I applaud House Leadership for working through this difficult issue and ensuring legislation was passed. Our plan takes action to support overburdened states and meet the urgent needs of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and these unaccompanied children. The House has put together a smart roadmap for solving this current crisis and discouraging Central American families from sending their children on the dangerous journey to our southern border.” The legislation was passed by the House this evening and appropriates a total of $694 million through the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2014 to support security and humanitarian efforts. This total is well below the President’s $3.7 billion request. The funding allocated represents unspent current fiscal year money ensuring the deficit is not increased. The legislation makes changes to the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act that will allow for unaccompanied minors to be expedited through the judicial system and returned to their families in their home country sooner. Necessary funding is also set aside to ensure the children are housed, fed and otherwise well-cared for in the time being. Significant steps are also taken to address the urgent security needs present at the southern border. A sum of $405 million is appropriated to the Department of Homeland Security to assist border security and law enforcement activities. Of that total, $334 million is appropriated to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide for upgraded detention space, expedited migrant processing and additional deportation and enforcement personnel. Additional resources are also devoted to ensure the National Guard can be deployed to the border at no cost to individual states.   Read More

Brooks, Hoosier Lawmakers Request Information from HHS on Unaccompanied Children in Indiana Communities

2014/08/04

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) today sent a letter signed by eight members of Indiana’s congressional delegation calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to provide up-to-date and congressional district specific information on the 245 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) sent to reside in the Hoosier state. “Up-to-date and transparent information is needed to properly accommodate the needs of both UACs and local communities,” the members wrote. “Currently we do not know with whom the children are being placed and if their health and safety can be guaranteed.  We ask that you properly disseminate information to all applicable stakeholders in a prompt and comprehensible way.” The letter is a follow-up to one sent by Governor Mike Pence to President Obama on Wednesday requesting similar information on children sent to Indiana between between January 1, 2014 and July 7, 2014. In addition to Representative Brooks, the letter is signed by Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) and Representatives Larry Bucshon (R-IN8), Luke Messer (R-IN6), Todd Rokita (R-IN4), Marlin Stutzman (R-IN3), Jackie Walorski (R-IN2) and Todd Young (R-IN9). “Most especially with school starting soon, our constituents must have relevant information allowing them to assess potential challenges to their school corporations and make sure these children are treated compassionately,” Brooks said. “We also must know sponsors are committed to providing a safe and caring environment for these children and will ensure they attend immigration proceedings that will reunite them with their families in their home countries. I am hopeful this group effort will compel HHS to adequately respond to these requests soon.”   To learn more about Congresswoman Brooks, please visit: www.SusanWBrooks.house.gov.   Full Text of Letter to HHS August 1, 2014   Eskinder Negash Director Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Wage and Hour Division U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20447 Dear Director Negash: This week Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence sent a letter to President Obama saying he was never informed about the 245 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) sent to reside in Indiana after crossing our southern border.  Governor Pence only learned of the situation through news accounts.  Disappointingly, the Administration’s current response is that the state will only be updated on a monthly basis of the number of UAC residing in Indiana. We feel that failure to consult and inform state and local officials is counterproductive to solving this humanitarian crisis and ultimately harmful to the long term care of these children.  Our state executives and congressional delegation need access to the most up-to-date information our federal government can provide. Up-to-date and transparent information is needed to properly accommodate the needs of both UACs and local communities. Currently we do not know with whom the children are being placed and if their health and safety can be guaranteed.  We ask that you properly disseminate information to all applicable stakeholders in a prompt and comprehensible way. Additionally, in order to make more informed decisions about the scope and gravity of this problem in our own communities, we request a breakdown of UAC resettlement by congressional district. Finally, on July 9th, Juan P. Osuna, the director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that 46 percent of juveniles currently fail to show up for their date in court. This is an unacceptable statistic.  With this in mind, we request information on what actions the ORR is performing to ensure the ‘sponsors’ with whom the children are being placed are complying with all of the follow up hearings and immigration law requirements. We recognize that this is an incredibly tumultuous and trying time for your agency, but neglecting key stakeholders only exacerbates this problem that we are all hoping to solve in the most humane, effective and efficient way possible. Thank you for your service and your swift response to this letter. Read More

Bipartisan coalition of House members introduce Campus Accountability and Safety Act to combat sexual assault at colleges and universities

2014/08/04

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan coalition of 18 House members today introduced the House version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. The legislation mirrors a bill introduced in the Senate yesterday, which takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions and establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices. The House effort is being championed by a bipartisan coalition led by Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Ted Poe (R-TX), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tom Reed (R-NY), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Kristi Noem (R-SD), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), David Joyce (OH-14), Annie Kuster (D-NH), and Gary Peters (D-MI). The bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act will make it in the schools’ immediate best interest to take proactive steps to protect their students and rid their campuses of sexual predators. “The way colleges and universities currently address sexual assault is failing students,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “We have to do more to prevent sexual assaults, empower survivors and ensure that academic institutions are responsive to the needs of students. I applaud the work of our colleagues in the Senate. They have crafted a comprehensive and bipartisan bill. I am hopeful that the House will take up this effort in tandem with the Senate so that we can put a bill on the President’s desk.” “The current patchwork of federal law and regulation is not sufficient to address sexual assault on American campuses” said Congressman Patrick Meehan. “This bipartisan legislation strengthens the partnership between schools and law enforcement. It enhances training standards for on-campus personnel. And it will help victims access confidential advisors who can provide support in the wake of an assault. It’s an important step forward in the effort to protect our kids on campus and support victims. I would like to thank the members of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Campus Violence Advisory Council for their input and experience, which informed many of the provisions of this bill.” “I am proud to be a part of this bipartisan initiative to combat the sexual assault crisis we are grappling with on America’s college campuses,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “No student should live in fear of being the victim of such violence. Our bill takes important steps to protect students, empower survivors, and hold perpetrators fully accountable in a coordinated and consistent way across campuses from coast to coast. Sexual assault is a staggeringly common and underreported crime, and our effort will make important strides toward putting an end to these crimes and ensuring its survivors are not being swept under the rug.” "More must be done to address the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses," Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said. "This bill will create a safer environment at our universities. It will ensure schools provide essential resources for victims, like confidential advisers and well-trained campus personnel. As reports of sexual assault increase, universities need to respond with policies that create a greater system of accountability and transparency to prevent future attacks. I am pleased to cosponsor legislation that will make our college campuses more secure for all students." “It’s vital that universities have the resources and information necessary to adequately address the issue of sexual assault on college campuses,” Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks said. “This legislation represents a concerted effort to ensure our schools have helpful guidance and useful standards enabling them to effectively counsel victims in a confidential manner and implement adequate disciplinary proceedings. I’m especially pleased that those who oversee sexual assault cases will be provided specialized training that reflects current best practices. I look forward to continuing to work on this very important issue in a bipartisan manner to ensure safety and protection for victims of sexual assault and clarity to universities on how best to address this issue. I’d like to thank Representative’s Maloney and Meehan for their leadership on this legislation.”  “Having volunteered at a rape crisis center on a college campus, I have seen firsthand the toll this terrible crime takes on our students and their friends and loved ones. The need for congressional action is clear – no student on a college campus should live in fear of being attacked. This bipartisan legislation takes clear steps to help those affected by sexual assault, to educate campus personnel to respond compassionately, and to strengthen law enforcement response. By working together, we can help put a stop to rape and sexual assault on college campuses nationwide,” Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito said. “We must empower every student with adequate and fair resources so they feel safe on campus and are protected against victimization,” said Congressman Tom Reed. “This bill will expand resources for students, demand accountability and transparency from colleges and strengthen penalties for a school’s misconduct. These initiatives will help bring sexual assault on campuses to the forefront of the conversation at the national level – something that is long overdue. These are our children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews – we need to make sure they are safe and cared for.”  “As a former prosecutor and the father of two daughters in college, I want to do all I can to stop the sexual assault epidemic on our campuses,” said Congressman David Joyce. “This bipartisan bill will help protect our kids by ensuring that these crimes are not only fully prosecuted but prevented.” “My oldest daughter will begin her Junior year of college in a little over a month and I, like any other parent, want to make sure I do everything I can to ensure she’s safe,” said Congresswoman Kristi Noem. “This legislation empowers our students, strengthens accountability measures, and takes steps toward ending this horrible crime. Our students just shouldn’t have to worry about becoming a victim at school.” “College campuses should be places that foster learning and not places where the safety of young women is at an increased risk,” said Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. “As a mother, this issue has become very personal to me and I am glad that both Republicans and Democrats have been able to come together to develop these sensible measures that will increase transparency and accountability in reporting and more importantly work to prevent sexual assault.”  “As a mother of a college-aged student, this is an issue that is close to my heart. Parents across the country have enough to worry about when sending their children to college,” said Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. “They should at a minimum know that their sons and daughters are in a safe environment. As chair of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee, I believe it is imperative that we address the problem of sexual assault and this is one step in doing so.” “This bi partisan legislation aims at making our college campuses safer so that students can learn in a secure environment and parents can have peace of mind,” said Congresswoman Lois Frankel. “Recently we have seen troubling statistics about campus sexual assault and stories of mishandled or unreported sexual assault cases in the media,” said Congresswoman Gwen Moore. “It is important that we remember that each number is a victim and represents a daughter, a sister or a friend. As mother and a grandmother, I strongly support CASA, which would require sexual assault training for on-campus personnel, establish confidential advisors to serve as support for survivors, and impose higher penalties on non-compliant universities.” “No student should ever fear for his or her safety on the college campus they call home, and Congress must do more to ensure schools are working to prevent assaults from occurring and are providing important protections for victims,” said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. “I’m proud to work with my colleagues from across the aisle to help introduce this crucial piece of legislation, which will move us forward towards finding a solution to this crisis so we can stop sexual assault on campus.” “With my older daughter returning to college this fall for her sophomore year, this issue is deeply personal for me,” said Congressman Gary Peters. “We need to work to create a safe and secure educational environment for all our children. This bipartisan legislation will help ensure that colleges and universities are taking proactive steps to protect their students and support the victims of sexual assault.” Provisions of the bipartisan legislation include: ·         New Campus Resources and Support Services for Student Survivors: Under this legislation, colleges and universities will be required to designate Confidential Advisors who will serve as a confidential resource for victims of assaults committed against a student. The role of Confidential Advisors will be to coordinate support services and accommodations for survivors, to provide information about options for reporting, and to provide guidance or assistance, at the direction of the survivor, in reporting the crime to campus authorities and/or local law enforcement. To encourage individuals to come forward with reports about sexual violence, schools will no longer be allowed to sanction a student who reveals a violation in good faith, such as underage drinking, in the process of reporting a sexual violence claim. ·         Minimum Training Standards for On-Campus Personnel: Currently, a chronic lack of training of on-campus personnel hampers sexual assault investigations and disciplinary processes, often resulting in negative outcomes for survivors. This legislation ensures that everyone from the Confidential Advisors, to those responsible for investigating and participating in disciplinary proceedings, will now receive specialized training to ensure they have a firm understanding of the nature of these crimes and their effect on survivors. ·         New Historic Transparency Requirements: For the first time, students at every university in America will be surveyed about their experience with sexual violence to get an accurate picture of this problem.  This new annual survey will be standardized and anonymous, with the results published online so that parents and high school students can make an informed choice when comparing universities. The Department of Education will also be required to publish the names of all schools with pending investigations, final resolutions, and voluntary resolution agreements related to Title IX. ·         Campus Accountability and Coordination with Law Enforcement: All schools will now be required to use a uniform process for campus disciplinary proceedings and may no longer allow athletic departments or other subgroups to handle complaints of sexual violence for members of that subgroup alone. This legislation will require colleges and universities to enter into memoranda of understanding with all applicable local law enforcement agencies to clearly delineate responsibilities and share information so that when an assault occurs, both campus authorities and local authorities can focus on solving the crime rather than debating jurisdiction. ·         Enforceable Title IX Penalties and Stiffer Penalties for Clery Act Violations: Schools that don’t comply with certain requirements under the bill may face a penalty of up to 1% of the institution’s operating budget. Previously, the only allowable penalty was the loss of all financial aid which is not practical and has never been done. The bill increases penalties for Clery Act violations to up to $150,000 per violation from the current penalty of $35,000. Read More

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Congresswoman Susan Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight diverse counties throughout the central part of the Hoosier State. As a new member of Congress, she currently serves on the Education and Workforce, Homeland Security and Ethics Committees. She is also the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.

Her strong background in both the public and private sectors includes experience as a proven difference maker in areas such as public safety, homeland security, counter-terrorism and economic development.

Before joining the House of Representatives, Susan served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College. Collaborating with a wide network or stakeholders, she implemented workforce development strategies aiming to enhance job training and placement for thousands of Hoosier residents.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Susan as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer for a majority of the Hoosier state, she received bi-partisan acclaim for efforts to battle mortgage fraud, gun violence, drug trafficking, gangs, child exploitation and identity theft.

Susan also earned recognition as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis during the Steve Goldsmith administration, where she provided oversight on public safety operations and drove community dialogue on vital civic issues. Over her tenure, she managed police, fire and emergency response efforts while serving on boards related to criminal justice, community corrections, violence reduction and race relations.

Susan practiced law at the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller and also served as a criminal defense attorney for Indianapolis based McClure, McClure and Kammen.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, Susan pursued a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In May of 2013, Susan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Marian University in Indianapolis. She resides in Carmel, Indiana with her husband David and they have two young adult children.


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Jackie Walorski

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Marlin Stutzman

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Todd Rokita

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Luke Messer

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Larry Bucshon

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Todd Young

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