Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05), vice chairman of the House Space Subcommittee, today released a statement after President Donald J. Trump signed into law the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017.
Congressman Brooks said, “As the Congressman from Alabama’s Fifth District, representing the Marshall Space Flight Center, I was honored to be invited to the White House for President Trump’s signing of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. This legislation gives NASA the long-term purpose and stability NASA needs to accomplish its robust missions, including the Space Launch System and Orion Spacecraft. In signing this legislation, President Trump demonstrated his strong support for NASA and reaffirmed America’s commitment to human spaceflight and the journey to Mars. These programs play into the strengths of the Marshall Space Flight Center and focus on areas in which Marshall has excelled for more than half a century.”
Huntsville, AL – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) appeared on America’s News Headquarters to discuss the House leadership health care replacement plan. Brooks affirmed his commitment to deliver a clean repeal of Obamacare to the American people.
Excerpts from the interview:
Congressman Brooks stated, “We are being asked to vote for the largest Republican welfare plan in the history of the Republican Party. That should be a hard swallow and a hard sell. We’ll see how it plays out. To get my support we have to keep our commitments to the American people. We promised that we were going to repeal Obamacare. The House leadership plan is not a repeal of Obamacare. It keeps substantial parts of Obamacare in place, and it copies or repackages other parts of Obamacare. A repeal bill is like what Congressman Steve King out of Iowa has, it’s a nice two page bill, two sentences, the Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed effective such-and-such a date. What we have on the Republican side right now is a bill that is easily over a hundred pages long. That is not a repeal. So let’s keep our promise, repeal it.”
Brooks added, “Once we repeal it, then we need to in my judgement, interject competition into the marketplace. Allow interstate competition amongst health insurance carriers and providers. On the other hand, the health insurance industry has various parts that are exempt from antitrust laws which promote oligopolies and monopolies, which suppresses competition and makes pricing go up. So let’s go ahead and do our best to ensure that we eliminate those antitrust exemptions in the health care industry.”
Brooks concluded, “Then finally my position is, once we’ve got the repeal and we have interjected competition into the marketplace with all the benefits that comes from that, with price suppression, better quality of service, let’s turn this over to the states in the form of block grants and let the 50 states handle this health care issue.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted for House passage of H.R.1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 371 – 48.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Today the House passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and sent a clear message of commitment to our military members. This legislation protects critical readiness programs for our troops and provides a total base defense funding level of $516.1 billion for FY17, which is a $2 billion increase over the FY16 enacted base defense funding level.”
Congressman Brooks continued, “Importantly, H.R.1301 includes a 2.1% pay raise for our service men and women, reverses the Obama Administration’s drawdown of troops, and increases funding for Israeli Cooperative Programs by $455 million. In total, $600.7 million is provided for the Israeli Cooperative Programs, including $332 million for equipment procurement and $269 million for research and development. An additional $43 million is included for Israeli anti-tunneling efforts.”
Congressman Brooks added, “I’m very pleased key priorities for the Redstone Arsenal community have been increased – notably high energy laser research, cybersecurity research for a variety of Army platforms and integration of systems, and the Army’s important continued investment in Future Vertical Lift.”
Congressman Brooks concluded, “The highest priority of the federal government is America’s national security. Hence, the number one responsibility of Congress is to give our warfighters the resources and support needed to carry out their missions. I’m proud the House today delivered a strong signal of support through passage of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act that adequately funds America’s national security.”
Congressman Brooks serves on the House Armed Services Committee and sits on the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittees. He is the founder and Co-Chair of the Army Aviation Caucus.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) released the following statement today on President Donald Trump’s address to a Joint Session of Congress.
Congressman Brooks said, “I enjoyed the optimistic tone of President Trump’s speech this evening and his message of unity and strength across America. I was pleased the President tonight addressed restarting the engine of the American economy and removing burdensome regulations that have made it so difficult to start and grow a business in America.
“President Trump has already taken strong steps to secure the border and enforce our nation’s immigration laws, and I applaud his continued commitment to the rule of law and national security. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to support President Trump’s bold vision for our nation.”Read More
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On November 6, 2012, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) was re-elected as the Representative for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. He proudly represents the people of North Alabama and serves on three important committees: Armed Services, Science, Space, and Technology, and Foreign Affairs.
As a sophomore member, Congressman Brooks is highly active and engaged in representing the interests of the 5th District. Brooks supports America’s missile defense technologies; he introduced successful legislation in 2011 and 2012 that blocked the White House from sharing classified missile technologies with Russia, and was adapted into the National Defense Authorization Act in FY2012. Rep. Brooks is also a vocal opponent of sequestration, voting against the Budget Control Act and called upon Administration officials to account for the consequences of sequestration in a HASC Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing on April 18, 2012.
During his first year on the Hill, Brooks founded and became co-chairman of the Army Aviation Caucus, a forum in which Members of Congress, staff, and Army leadership raise awareness for Army Aviation and seek to affect legislative priorities. The Caucus now includes more than 50 members and is one of the most active caucuses on Capitol Hill.
Growing up in North Alabama, Mo Brooks’ parents taught him early on that study and hard work were expected and required. They also taught him the importance of honesty, and to never be shy about speaking up and fighting for important principles. Brooks was born in 1954 in Charleston, South Carolina, and moved in 1963 to Huntsville, Alabama. Rep. Brooks’ father, Jack Brooks, retired from Redstone Arsenal’s Metrology Center. Brooks’ mother, Betty Brooks, taught economics and government for over 20 years at Lee High School. They still live in Madison County.
Rep. Brooks graduated from Grissom High School in 1972 (where he was all-city in baseball and an active member on two state championship debate teams). He graduated from Duke University in three years with a double major in political science and economics, with highest honors in economics. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Alabama Law School.
After graduation, Rep. Brooks worked as a prosecutor in the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office, where he built a solid “tough-on-crime” reputation. While there, he obtained guilty verdicts in every one of the 20-plus jury trials he prosecuted. He also organized and managed the grand jury.
Rep. Brooks left the Tuscaloosa District Attorney’s office in 1980 to return to Huntsville as a law clerk for presiding Circuit Court Judge John David Snodgrass. In 1982, Brooks was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives and became one of 11 Republican legislators (out of 140 total) and the only elected Republican legislator north of Birmingham.
Brooks was reelected to the Alabama House in 1983, 1986, and 1990. While in the legislature, he was elected Republican House Caucus Chairman three times and was ranked number one (out of 140 legislators) by the Alabama Taxpayers’ Defense Fund in the fight to protect family incomes from higher taxes. He was also ranked in the top 20 percent by Alabama Alliance of Business & Industry on pro-jobs, tort reform, and free enterprise issues and was recognized as one of the legislature’s most effective legislators by Alabama Magazine.
In 1991, Brooks was appointed Madison County District Attorney. In 1996, he ran for the Madison County Commission and unseated an eight-year incumbent Republican. He was reelected to the Commission in 2000, 2004, and 2008. During every year except when he was serving as a prosecutor or court clerk, Brooks held a second job in private practice. In 1995-1996, he was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and, from 1996-2002, was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General for then Attorney General Bill Pryor.
In 1976, Mo Brooks married Martha Jenkins of Toledo; they met at Duke University. Martha graduated from the University of Alabama with an accounting degree. She later retired as a certified public accountant and obtained a math and education major from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2005. She taught math at Whitesburg Middle School. Mo and Martha are the proud parents of four children and grandparents of four grandchildren. Rep. Brooks was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.
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