Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) introduced H.R. 2940, the Congressional Self-Defense Act, which empowers congressional lawmakers to carry a concealed weapon anywhere in America except the U.S. Capitol or when in the presence of the President or Vice President. Brooks was at the recent baseball practice where a shooter attempted to assassinate Republican Members of Congress. The shooter possessed a handwritten assassination list that included Congressman Mo Brooks’ name and office number.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Last week’s shooting at the Republican baseball practice highlighted and reinforced the increasing number of threats faced by Congressmen, Senators, and their families. The truth is, if Steve Scalise’s leadership detail had not been present at last week’s practice, many of my colleagues and I might not be alive today. If Congressmen or Senators at the practice had firearms, there is a strong possibility that the shootout would have ended earlier than it did.”
Brooks continued, “Although high-profile targets of lone wolf shooters and terrorists, Congressmen and Senators (excepting leadership) enjoy very limited to no law enforcement protection when off the Capitol Hill campus. Surprisingly, because of Washington, D.C.’s restrictive gun laws, Congressmen and Senators are not allowed to carry a concealed weapon. That is why today I introduced the Congressional Self-Defense Act to allow lawmakers to conceal carry so that they are better positioned to defend themselves against lone wolf and terrorist attacks.”
Brooks concluded, “Lest there be any confusion, as a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms, I believe all law-abiding citizens should be able to conceal carry. That is why I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, to extend national reciprocity to all qualified individuals, as well as numerous other pieces of legislation ensuring that the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment to the Constitution are not infringed upon. As I have in the past, I will continue to defend all Americans’ Second Amendment rights with my vote.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) joined CNN this morning to reflect on the Congressional Baseball Game played last night and the tragic shooting this week at the Republican baseball practice. Brooks emphasized the need to better communicate a message of unity and bipartisanship to the American people.
In last night’s Congressional Baseball Game, Brooks wore a #11 Grissom High School uniform, similar to the one he donned as a former all-city Grissom outfielder, in addition to wearing a gold LSU cap to honor Congressman Steve Scalise. Brooks started in right field and properly fielded the one ball that came his way. With their 11-2 victory, the Democrats now lead the series 40-39-1. Despite their victory, the Democrats were kind enough to give this year’s trophy to the Republicans and Steve Scalise while he recovers in the hospital.
A record 25,000 people showed up to the ball field to express their support and continued prayers for Steve Scalise, Matt Mika, Crystal Griner, David Bailey, and Zach Barth.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “I hope the American people will please understand that while we have these vigorous debates, and while strong words are often used to express the positions that we hold, after we have been in that arena, we can go out and have lunch together, our spouses and the Congressman can go on trips together, and we can have really good times. So you’ve got two different personalities and overall the relationship between the Republicans and the Democrats is quite good on a social level and on a personal level. Now granted we have disagreements on the policy issues, and we have got to get the American people to understand that this vigorous discourse is a part of having a Republic, and it has preserved us well and done us well as a country now for over 230 years.”
For high resolution photos from the game, click HERE.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “We have clear unambiguous testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he has in no way, shape, or form colluded with Russians concerning 2016 elections. It is time for the Democrat Party, Democrat elected officials, and the Democrat Communications Wing (the mainstream news media) to put up or shut up. If any of them have evidence – not hearsay, not gossip, not partisan-motivated lies – that conflicts with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ sworn testimony, they must produce it or quit assassinating his character so that we can put this matter behind us. The American people deserve far better than the innuendo and falsities Democrats spread in a hyper-partisan effort to impugn the honor and integrity of Jeff Sessions, one of Alabama’s best.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) lent his legal expertise as a former Assistant District Attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama as well as a District Attorney for Madison County, Alabama in an appearance today on MSNBC to discuss the testimony of former FBI director James Comey. Despite left-wing news media outlet headlines to the contrary, Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week was a clear victory for President Donald Trump and the White House.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “I very much appreciated James Comey giving his testimony, particularly the parts of major substance from a legal perspective that cleared President Trump of any involvement with this alleged Russian collusion on the one hand, and which also confirmed that at least as of now there is no evidence whatsoever that President Trump has obstructed justice.”
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) joined MSNBC to defend President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions following James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Brooks confirmed that Comey’s testimony was a clear slam-dunk for President Trump and the White House.
Excerpts from the Interview:
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “I was an Assistant District Attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, helped to manage the grand jury and had dozens of felony jury trials. Then later on I was the District Attorney in Huntsville-Madison County, Alabama, supervised the grand jury and jury trials. So I have some prosecutorial experience.”
Brooks added, “On the legal side, it was a clear slam-dunk win for President Trump and the White House. By way of example, no evidence of any kind of collusion with the Russians, Donald Trump is cleared on that. Number two, with respect to these allegations of obstruction of justice, it is quite clear that there is no evidence that whatever the President said or did hampered, retarded, or hindered in any way what the FBI investigation was doing . . . I would contend that this was a major legal victory for the White House and President Trump.”
Brooks defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating, “I have known Jeff Sessions for many decades. He was an outstanding United States Senator, he was an outstanding Attorney General in the state of Alabama, and in my opinion, he is performing his duties as the Constitution requires as United States Attorney General. Under the circumstances presented, where Jeff Sessions was an active part of the Donald Trump for President campaign, Jeff Sessions did exactly what he should have done, recuse himself from this Russian investigation in order to minimize or eliminate the appearance of any impropriety. So I believe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has acted exactly as he should have and I agree with Comey’s testimony in that regard, that Jeff Sessions acted as he should have in recusing himself in order to avoid any actual or appearance of impropriety.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) today appeared on the House floor to support President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “[T]he Paris Climate Accord is not now and never has been an agreement that binds the United States . . . because it was never ratified by Congress. More specifically, the Paris Climate Accord, a treaty, was never ratified by the Senate pursuant to Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. Rather, in yet another example of disdain for America’s Constitutional republic, the Obama Administration refused to seek Senate approval of the treaty. ”
Brooks added, “Lest there be any doubt, the Paris Climate Accord intentionally hurt America to the benefit of competitor nations. In a global redistribution of the wealth scheme, the Paris Climate Accord called for America to give away tens of billions of dollars to other countries. That’s tens of billions of additional taxpayer dollars on top of America’s existing foreign aid giveaways. That’s money America does not have, has to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back… The Paris Climate Accord undermined America’s economy by putting American employers at a competitive disadvantage. By way of but one example, a comprehensive new study prepared by NERA Economic Consulting estimates that the Paris Climate Accord could cost the American economy $3 trillion in gross domestic product and 6.5 million industrial sector jobs over the next two decades.” 
Brooks stated, “President Trump is right, America must lead by putting America’s national interest first. The Paris Climate Accord did not do that. By way of example, under the Paris Climate Accord, China and India, two of the biggest polluters on Earth, have no new air pollution control obligations until 2030, at the earliest! Contrast the abysmal environmental record of China and India with that of America! And let’s be clear, without a Paris Climate Accord, America’s carbon dioxide emissions have been and are being reduced! For example, between the years 2000 and 2014, the United States reduced its carbon emissions by more than 18 percent! Further, over the past 50 years, America has been the world’s environmental leader. No country on earth has done more to reduce pollution by cleaning our air, cleaning our water and properly disposing of hazardous waste. That 50-year record is compelling evidence that America’s focus on being good environmental stewards will continue, with or without the Paris Climate Accord. That’s world leadership. And I know of nothing that says we are going to stop being the world’s environmental leader.”
Brooks concluded, “I am proud that President Trump puts America First. America should not and must not yield even a smidgeon of our national sovereignty to the dictates of other, lesser nations. Despite liberal, climate-scare and socialist Democrat hysteria to the contrary, America has been, and is, by almost every standard, the greatest nation in world history. With an ‘America First’ attitude, America will continue its 75 year streak as the greatest nation in the history of the world, second to none.”
“The Green Fund would likely obligate the United States to commit potentially tens of billions of dollars of which the United States has already handed over $1 billion -- nobody else is even close; most of them haven’t even paid anything -- including funds raided out of America’s budget for the war against terrorism. That’s where they came. Believe me, they didn’t come from me. They came just before I came into office. Not good. And not good the way they took the money.”
 Industrialized countries have voluntarily pledged $10.3 billion since 2013 to help poorer nations reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change. The United States has pledged by far the most — $3 billion, twice that of the second-largest pledger, Japan. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/02/climate/trump-paris-green-climate-fund.html?_r=0
Washington, DC – Today, President Trump tweeted that “The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!” Consistent with President Trump, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) released the following statement in support of President Trump’s call to end the archaic filibuster rule in the United States Senate. Ending the archaic filibuster rule is key to implementing President Trump’s agenda, passing healthcare and tax reform legislation, balancing budgets, properly deliberating and passing spending bills, and ending the cycle of threatened government shutdowns.
Congressman Brooks said, “President Trump is right to call for the end of the Senate filibuster rule. I have been a vocal opponent of this archaic and obstructionist rule which empowers a small minority (41%) of the Senate to thwart the will of a majority of the House, a majority of the Senate, the President, and those Americans who elected those Congressmen, Senators and Presidents. As was proven by the recent Supreme Court justice filibuster rule change, and Harry Reid's ‘Nuclear Option’ effort of a few years ago, the Senate filibuster rule can be changed by a mere majority of senators. I urge the Republican Senate majority to act on the will of the American people and repeal the filibuster rule in accord with President Trump's request.”
Brooks added, “The Senate filibuster rule is outdated, obstructionist, and impedes progress. There is no statute or provision in the Constitution that supports a filibuster. Rather, the filibuster is an accidental creation of an 1806 Senate rules change. Decades later, astute senators figured out that the 1806 rule change empowered a minority of senators to thwart the will of the majority and kill legislation. The House of Representatives has no such rule and there is no policy reason that justifies the Senate being any different.”
Brooks concluded, “As a direct and indirect result of the filibuster rule in the 114th Congress, 543 bills that passed the House never even reached a Senate floor vote, thereby discarding the work of the House and betraying the will of American voters. I stand with President Trump. It is time to defeat the archaic filibuster rule to have a chance of implementing the Trump agenda, passing healthcare and tax reform legislation, balancing budgets, properly deliberating and passing spending bills, and ending the cycle of threatened government shutdowns.”
Huntsville, AL – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) hosted a reception at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in honor of this year’s North Alabama appointees to the U.S. Service Academies. Twelve outstanding men and women were selected to represent North Alabama at the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, and West Point.
Applicants to all service academies, except the United States Coast Guard Academy, are required to obtain a nomination. Nominating sources include the President, the Vice President, Senators, and members of the House of Representatives. Congressman Brooks established a nominating board to review applications, interview prospective candidates, and make final selection of Alabama District 5 nominees to be submitted to the academies. Nominations are determined using the competitive method with all nominees submitted unranked to the academies, allowing equal opportunity for each candidate nominated from the district.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) released the following statement today regarding the Congressional Budget Office’s updated report on the American Health Care Act that confirms dramatic health insurance premium cuts due to the work of Congressman Brooks and the House Freedom Caucus.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Earlier this week a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report validated the economic devastation ObamaCare has inflicted on Americans from a doubling of health insurance premiums nationally and a nation-worst tripling of health insurance costs for already-struggling Alabama families. I am proud to have worked with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and the House Freedom Caucus to improve the original Republican healthcare bill by substantially lowering health insurance costs for Americans. The latest report released from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), released yesterday, May 24th, confirms these hard-won improvements.”
Brooks continued, “According to the CBO, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will lower average premiums in the individual market by 4 to 30 percent or more, depending on the state. While the cuts to health insurance premiums costs are a wonderful improvement, there is more good news! In addition, the amended health care bill helps families pay for their health insurance with tax credits ranging from between $2,000- $4,000 per year for an individual and up to $14,000 per year for a family. That help is HUGE!”
Brooks added, “But that is not all! The CBO confirms that the AHCA cuts America’s expected deficit by $119 billion while delivering another $1 trillion in tax cuts because onerous ObamaCare taxes are repealed. The AHCA eliminates the individual and employer mandate penalties, the Medical Device Tax, the Health Insurance Tax, and the tax on prescription medications – these are the taxes that hurt low- and middle-income Americans the most!”
Brooks concluded, “There is still much work to be done, but the AHCA is a step towards providing Americans the freedom to choose health plans that are right for them at a cost they can afford, not plans forced on them by Washington bureaucrats.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) report on the rising cost of health premiums as a result of Obamacare taxes, regulations, and mandates. According to the HHS report, Alabama residents experienced a 223% increase in premium costs since ObamaCare implementation in 2013.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a sobering report on premium hikes for Americans due to ObamaCare taxes, regulations, and mandates. According to the report, nationwide individual market premiums increased 105% – meaning health insurance premium costs more than doubled. In dollar amounts, nationwide annual health insurance premiums rose on average $2,928 per policy. ObamaCare damaged Alabama more than any other state in America. In Alabama, health insurance cost increased a staggering and obscene 223%. That is not a ‘first’ Alabama citizens want or can afford. Alabama’s skyrocketing health insurance cost increases severely undermine the ability of Alabama citizens to access healthcare and take care of their own families.
“When people ask me why I insist on a full repeal of ObamaCare, a 223% hike in health insurance premium costs says it all. It does no good to have a perfect health insurance plan if you can’t afford to buy it. That’s why I stood strong in the face of fierce headwinds and criticism, and fought so hard to successfully amend the original Republican healthcare bill so that it will decrease premiums, not increase them on already overburdened and stressed Alabama families. It is those kinds of conservative improvements I hope my colleagues in the Senate will maintain and build upon to lower insurance costs for struggling Americans.”
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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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