Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Brooks Brings Local Educators and Leaders in Government and Public Safety Together to Talk Careers

2017/04/24

Fishers, Ind. - Today at the Fishers Municipal Complex, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) hosted her 6th Connecting Careers and Classrooms event for 50 local teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators. Connecting Careers and Classrooms ensures local educators learn about the vast array of career opportunities available to students in the Fifth District and helps teachers and school administrators better prepare our kids for these careers. Today’s Connecting Careers and Classrooms event focused on careers in public service and public safety.

“From police officers and firefighters to public administrators and state and federal government employees, it’s important that students build the skills they need to succeed in these important roles so that they can be a part of helping their fellow citizens and building a brighter future for their communities,” Brooks said. “We learned that students should build good communication and technology skills, and develop fluency in other languages and cultures. We also learned there are opportunities for Hoosiers with diverse educational backgrounds. Many of the career tracks we learned about require a high school diploma or GED, others require some college or military service, and still more require a highly specialized education.

Participants in today’s event heard from leaders in local, state and federal government, law enforcement, public safety and community organizations that partner with schools on career exploration, about the variety of rewarding job opportunities available. Participants also got a behind the scenes look at Fishers City Hall, the Fishers Fire Department and the Fishers Police Department. The keynote address was given by Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness, followed by panel discussions focused on law enforcement and first responders, public administrators, criminal justice and career exploration programs for students. Panelists at today’s event included Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Chad Knect, Fishers Fire Chief Steve Orusa, Boone County Sheriff’s Department Major Tony Harris, FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne, Public Relations Director for the City of Fishers Ashley Elrod,  Hamilton County Commissioner’s Assistant Dan Stevens, Federal Executive Association of Indiana President Patricia Nachand, Indiana State Department of Personnel Director Brandye Hendrickson, Boone County Prosecutor Todd Meyer, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen, Marion County Juvenile Court Judge Marilyn Moores, Junior Achievement-Job Spark Vice President of Education Alyssa Andis, MSD of Decatur Township Director of College and Career Readiness Dr. Chris Duzenbury, Westfield Chamber of Commerce President Jack Russell and Sheridan Early Intervention Advocate Lisa Samuels.

“Fueling the future for our students is only accomplished through cooperation between industry and educators,” Brooks continued. “These events give our teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators the opportunity to better understand the jobs and careers available to Hoosier students and make sure that our educators understand what skills and training kids need to be successful in a variety of careers. Jobs in public service and public safety provide rewarding careers that help build stronger communities.”

Connecting Careers and Classrooms has been attended by over 350 educators since Congresswoman Brooks held the first event in 2014. Previous Connecting Careers and Classrooms events have focused on careers in healthcare, agribusiness, technology, financial services and life sciences. Participants who attend have the opportunity to earn continuing education credit along with the chance to connect with top local employers.

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Last Week to Submit 2017 Congressional Art Competition Entries

2017/04/21

WHAT:                 The Congressional Art Competition is a nation-wide high school arts competition that is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Only one winner is selected from each Congressional District. The winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the duration of the exhibition along with other pieces by students from around the country.

WHO:                   All high school students who live or attend school in the Fifth District of Indiana which includes communities and schools in Blackford, Boone, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Madison, Marion and Tipton counties. For a map of the Fifth District, please click here.

WHEN:                 Submissions are due on April 28, 2017, before 5:00 p.m. 

WHERE:               Submissions should be sent to or dropped off at either of Congresswoman Susan Brooks’ offices in the Fifth District.

                                                Carmel Office: 11611 North Meridian Street, Suite 415, Carmel, Indiana 46032

                                                Anderson Office: 120 East 8th Street, Suite 101, Anderson, Indiana 46016

GUIDELINES:      All entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Be two dimensional.
  • If selected as the winning piece, it must arrive in Washington, D.C., framed.
  • Be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches deep, including the frame.
  • Not weigh more than 15 pounds.
  • Be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws.

Work entered must be in the original medium; that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing. More information, including additional rules for students and teachers are available online at: https://susanwbrooks.house.gov/services/art-competition

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Indiana to Receive $10.9 Million to Address Opioid Crisis

2017/04/20

CARMEL, Ind. – Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced that HHS will soon provide $485 million in grants to help states and territories address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis. Indiana will receive $10.9 million.

“The heroin and opioid abuse crisis has hit Hoosiers and our communities hard,” Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) said. “Thanks to the 21st Century Cures Act, Indiana is getting the resources it desperately needs to reduce overdose deaths; help Hoosiers get treatment for substance abuse and stay in recovery; and reduce the over-prescription of opioids. Still, there is more to be done, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, Governor Holcomb and other state and local partners to end this public health crisis.”

This is the first of two rounds of funding provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act which was signed into law last year with Brooks’ support. The grants will be provided through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To combat the ongoing opioid crisis, HHS has prioritized five specific strategies: strengthening public health surveillance, advancing the practice of pain management, improving access to treatment and recovery services, targeting availability and distribution of overdose-reversing drugs, and supporting cutting-edge research. More information about these grants is available here.

In 2016, Brooks served on the conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that negotiated the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law. In addition, Brooks helped lead efforts to pass the 21st Century Cures Act. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America presented Brooks with their 2016 Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of her efforts to address the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Brooks also serves on the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus focused on raising awareness and increasing education regarding substance abuse and addiction treatment. This caucus also aims to help decrease the negative stigma that comes with these diseases and improve the lives of the people around the country suffering from addiction and substance abuse.

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Brooks and Frankel Introduce Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act

2017/04/06

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) introduced H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act, which requires prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse, mandatory training, and implementation of policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse at amateur athletic governing bodies. This bill is companion legislation to S. 534 introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Indiana Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young are original co-sponsors of S. 534. 

“Sexual abuse impacts survivors for a lifetime,” said Brooks. “It is the first responsibility of coaches, trainers, doctors and amateur athletic governing bodies to protect our athletes and help them thrive. When sexual abuse allegations go unreported to the authorities and abusers are allowed to continue to work with and prey upon young athletes, it is unconscionable. It demands our action and attention. This legislation will help ensure that we are protecting young athletes.”

“The stories of USA gymnasts molested by their coaches, doctors, and trainers are shocking,” said Frankel. “This legislation is aimed at protecting our young athletes from adults who abuse their trust.”

The Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act stems from recent allegations of sexual abuse made against personnel involved with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo. According to the Indianapolis Star, over the past 20 years, at least 368 victims, many of whom were young athletes, were subjected to sexual abuse by coaches, doctors or other adults affiliated with USA Gymnastics. Although USA Gymnastics received reports of abuse, victims claimed that USA Gymnastics allowed the abuse allegations, including complaints made against coaches who trained and abused young athletes in multiple states, to remain dormant. The Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act:

  • Extends the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to national governing bodies to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities.
  • Bolsters “Masha’s Law” – the 2006 law that allows civil suits by minors against sex abuse perpetrators by eliminating the requirement that victims must prove monetary damages after they have already proven that the perpetrator sexually abused them. The bill also extends the civil statute of limitations for cases.
  • Requires National Governing Bodies like USA Gymnastics to develop for each of its members: specific policies and procedures for mandatory reporting of sex abuse to law enforcement; policies and procedures to keep track of coaches who leave one gym due to complaints and then go to another gym and repeat cycles of abuse; and stronger oversight and enforcement policies so that sexual abuse is prevented.

The bill is supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), National Children’s Alliance, Rights4Girls, University of Utah Law Professor Paul Cassell, Child Sex Crime Victims’ Lawyer James Marsh, Crime Victims Expert Steve Twist, National Crime Victims Center, National Association of VOCA Administrators, Child USA, National Organization for Victim Assistance, ToPrevail, ChampionWomen, National Children Advocacy Center, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, and Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

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House leaders applaud new contract for first nationwide public safety broadband network

2017/04/05

U.S. Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) together praised the announcement last week of a $46.5 billion initiative to build a nationwide high-speed wireless network for first responders, a new communications infrastructure designed to improve public safety.

Walden, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Blackburn, the chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, joined the Department of Commerce in announcing the public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, and AT&T.

“Through this public-private partnership, FirstNet can begin to deliver on its mission: to provide our first responders with a nationwide, high-speed, interoperable broadband network; to equip our first responders with the same robust communications capabilities enjoyed by the public; and to provide tools that transcend the limits of the land mobile radios on which they had for so long relied,” Walden said.

“Perhaps most importantly, FirstNet will help deliver on the final recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, and bring the most up-to-date communications capabilities to our nation’s first responders, the brave men and women who protect us daily, throughout the states, territories, and tribal lands — in all areas — rural, urban and in-between.”

As the former chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, Walden began work in 2012 on legislation that outlined terms of the FirstNet nationwide public safety network.

During large, crowded events or emergencies, networks can become overloaded and inaccessible. That limits the ability of first responders to use critical communications tools, like smartphones and mobile apps, to reach one another. Having the ability to send high-speed data is critical for police, firefighters and emergency medical services to perform their duties.

Blackburn said at the event that the communications solution will “bring safety to our communities, to our streets, and allow our first responders who now can be knitted together, to provide the type of safety that is expected. To provide the type of response that is expected.”

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), a member of the subcommittee, said first responders must be able to effectively and efficiently communicate with each other over a secure network during emergencies.

“A national broadband network specifically devoted to public safety will help our first responders do their jobs better and give them the communications tools they need to protect our communities day in and day out,” Brooks said.

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), vice chair of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, also applauded the public-private partnership that will make FirstNet a reality.

“On one of the worst days in the history of our nation we saw tremendous bravery from first responders,” Lance said. “Their iconic heroism on 9/11 is forever engrained in the country’s memory. One of the promises of that day was to deliver to our first responders a nationwide wireless broadband network for improved communications. This is an important new tool for those entering dangerous situations. Robust communications capabilities will save lives.”

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Brooks Joins Fellow Lawmakers at White House to Discuss the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Crisis

2017/03/30

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) joined a group of her Congressional colleagues for a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other partners to discuss efforts to continue to address the heroin and opioid abuse crisis in this country. Brooks released the following statement after the meeting:

“Too many Americans are struggling with the crippling effects of drug addiction and abuse. Too many families are grieving the loss of a loved one to an overdose. This is truly a national crisis. Although we’ve made headway, we need to do more to help people struggling with substance abuse and their families, especially when it comes to prevention and treatment options. I want to commend President Trump for making addressing this crisis a priority for the country, for creating the White House Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission, and for bringing us together today to discuss this crisis and how we can work together to address it.”

In 2016, Brooks served on the conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that negotiated the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was signed into law. The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) presented Brooks with their 2016 Congressional Leadership Award in recognition of her efforts to address the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Brooks also serves on the Congressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus focused on raising awareness and increasing education regarding substance abuse and addiction treatment. This caucus also aims to help decrease the negative stigma that comes with these diseases and improve the lives of the people around the country suffering from addiction and substance abuse.

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Brooks: “CBO Report Confirms that Our Current Path is Unsustainable”

2017/03/30

Washington, D.C. – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its 2017 Long-Term Budget Outlook today and Rep. Susan Brooks released the following statement in response to the CBO’s findings:

“Our national debt is quickly approaching $20 trillion. It is not right or fair to leave this growing burden for our children, and today’s CBO report confirms that our current path is unsustainable. Our national debt has very real consequences for Hoosiers and their families: higher costs of living, slow wage growth and smaller paychecks just to name a few. We must consider further reforms to existing programs that ensure the future of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, and inject some discipline into our spending practices as a country.”

Key findings from the CBO report include:

  • “If current laws remain generally unchanged, the United States would face steadily increasing federal budget deficits and debt over the next 30 years – reaching the highest level of debt relative to GDP ever experienced in this country.”
  • “In CBO’s projections, deficits rise over the next three decades—from 2.9 percent of GDP in 2017 to 9.8 percent in 2047—because spending growth is projected to outpace growth in revenues.”
  • “Spending as a share of GDP increases for Social Security, the major health care programs (primarily Medicare), and interest on the government’s debt.”
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Brooks Applauds Steps Towards National Public Safety Broadband Network

2017/03/30

Washington, D.C. – This morning, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) joined Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s event announcing a public-private partnership between FirstNet and AT&T to create a nationwide public safety broadband network. Investing in this national network will provide first responders with the communications infrastructure and tools they need to communicate with one another, respond to emergencies and disasters, and secure large events.

“In an emergency, our first responders must be able to effectively and efficiently communicate with one another over a secure network,” said Brooks. “A national broadband network specifically devoted to public safety will help our first responders do their jobs better and give them the communications tools they need to protect our communities day in and day out.”

During large, crowded events, emergencies or disasters, networks can become overloaded and inaccessible to the public as well as to first responders. This limits the ability of responders to use critical communications tools, like smartphones and mobile apps, to reach one another. In addition, cross-jurisdictional communications infrastructure is often necessary for police, fire and EMS officials to perform their duties.

The 9/11 Commission recommended that a national broadband network for public safety be created to connect police officers, firefighters and EMS providers in the event of an emergency or disaster. The public-private partnership announced today will build a high-speed network designed specifically for the millions of public safety users in all 50 states, 5 U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Serving urban and rural communities alike, this network will modernize first responder communications and deliver specialized public safety features not currently available on wireless networks today.   

More information about FirstNet and the new public-private partnership is available here: http://www.firstnet.gov/news/firstnet-partners-att-build-wireless-broadband-network-americas-first-responders

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Brooks, McMorris Rodgers join together to help provide legal aid to assault survivors

2017/03/30

U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) helped lead the introduction of bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that would connect survivors of domestic and sexual violence with legal representation.

The POWER Act would require each U.S. Attorney’s office to host a public event in support of pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in an effort to provide legal representation to more survivors.

“Survivors of domestic violence are not guaranteed access to a lawyer, a fact which can trap survivors in a cycle of abuse and prevent them from securing critical protective orders,” Brooks said.

“Civil legal services provide vital resources and advice to survivors and help them get out of abusive situations. Too often, survivors aren’t aware of or able to gain access to the legal resources available to them. The POWER Act will help connect victims of domestic violence to legal aid, empower survivors and raise awareness about the need for pro bono legal services,” Brooks said.

Survivors who can afford to retain a lawyer obtain restraining orders in 83 percent of domestic and sexual violence cases, compared to 32 percent in cases without legal representation, studies show.

“When it often feels there is nowhere else to turn, survivors of domestic violence should know that there are resources available to them,” McMorris Rodgers said. “This legislation encourages survivors to step out of the shadows, and break free from the cycle of abuse.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), who first introduced the bill in the 114th Congress, said access to legal representation allows fear and intimidation to follow domestic violence survivors into courtrooms.

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Trump hosts GOP lawmakers for meeting on opioid abuse

2017/03/30

 

President Trump will meet with Republican lawmakers on Thursday to discuss legislative action that can be taken to combat the nation's opioid crisis.

The meeting comes less than 24 hours after the White House unveiled a new commission on drug abuse prevention that will be led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Trump met with several recovering addicts and drug awareness advocates on Wednesday in what he said was the first of several roundtables he plans to host on the issue.

The president also said he plans to take the issue on the road by working it into his rallies and hosting meetings in communities that have been affected by prescription drug abuse.

 

A White House official said Trump will meet with the following lawmakers, many of whom hail from states that are bearing the brunt of the opioid crisis:

Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.

 

Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky.

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind.

Rep. Mike Burgess, R-Texas

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio

 

Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va.

Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.

 

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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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