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Mo Brooks

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Bipartisan Space Weather Research Bill Beneficial to Marshall Space Flight Center Passes U.S. House

2020/09/16

Washington, DC— Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by voice vote S. 881, the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act (the PROSWIFT Act).  

S. 881 is sponsored by Senator Gary Peters of Michigan and it passed the Senate on July 27th. Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) teamed with Democrat sponsor Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) to pass H.R. 5260, a companion bill identical to S. 881, through the House Science, Space, and Technology committee in January, clearing the way for House consideration of Peter’s Senate bill.

S. 881 now heads to the President’s desk to await his signature.

The PROSWIFT Act seeks to enhance America’s scientific understanding of the potential consequences of severe space weather phenomena and establishes a forecasting regime for severe space weather events.

By way of background, though little understood, space weather is a collection of physical processes, beginning at the Sun with solar winds and ultimately affecting human activities on Earth and in Space.

Notably, Congressman Brooks ranks #2 out of 15 Republican members on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Congressman Brooks spoke in favor of S. 881 on the House floor during debate.

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Congressman Brooks’ House Floor speech

“Space weather can cause great damage to our infrastructure and our economy, and we need to make sure we are all working together to have the best research and prediction capabilities possible,” said Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07). “This legislation will better coordinate federal research investments with our operational forecasters who provide warnings to impacted industries and ensure our academic, international, and commercial partners are working hand in hand to improve space weather forecasting, including with some of the best laboratories and research institutions on space weather right here in Colorado.”

 

Text of Congressman Brooks’ remarks:

Thank you, Madam Speaker.

I support the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act—called the PROSWIFT Act.

I thank Congressman Perlmutter for his leadership on this important issue and for working with me in the Science, Space, and Technology Committee to advance this Senate bill which is identical to the House version we have work so long and hard on.

The PROSWIFT Act advances America’s understanding of potentially severe weather events and damaging consequences.

Space weather is a collection of physical processes beginning at the Sun with solar winds and ultimately affecting human activities on Earth and in Space.

Humanity needs better understanding of these solar winds and their interaction with Earth’s atmosphere.

The PROSWIFT Act is a step towards that better understanding.

Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center scientists and engineers are at the forefront of space weather research.

Under the PROSWIFT Act, their enhanced research will advance our understanding of, and ability to forecast, space weather.

The PROSWIFT Act recognizes that space weather not only impacts us on Earth, it can and will impact us in deep space exploration.

For example, before we launch NASA’s Artemis manned Moon missions that pave the way to Mars missions, it is best and we should better understand how space weather phenomena impacts life in space, satellites, and other space instrumentation.

It is critical that we properly forecast space weather and prepare for and protect astronauts from the dangers of solar radiation.

I want to thank my colleague, Mr. Perlmutter, for his leadership on space weather and his partnership on the PROSWIFT Act.

I encourage my colleagues to vote for S. 881 and send it to President Trump to sign.

Madam Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

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Congressman Mo Brooks Backs the Blue by Signing Heritage Action "Police Pledge"

2020/09/09

Washington, DC— Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he has signed Heritage Action for America’s “Police Pledge.” Heritage Action for America is the political arm of the conservative powerhouse thinktank the Heritage Foundation.

The pledge reads:

“A lawful society—free from mob rule and violent insurrection—is not possible without Law Enforcement.

“Police Officers have chosen a noble profession. They dedicate their lives to upholding the law and protecting the sacred rights of their fellow citizens. As a profession, they deserve support and respect.

“I stand with America’s Police and pledge to oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to “Defund the Police.”

Congressman Brooks said, “I back the blue. Unfortunately, Socialist Democrat elected officials— beholden to criminal elements who they rely on for votes— undermine law enforcement at every turn. As for me, I support law enforcement in their daily struggle to hold the thin blue line between order and anarchy, peace and violence. By signing the ‘Police Pledge’, I redouble my commitment to stand with law enforcement as they endure dangerous and unwarranted attacks from the left.”
 

Brooks concluded, “The Socialist Democrats’ plan to ‘Defund the Police’ is dangerous. Without law enforcement, societies decline into anarchy. America must not allow the lawlessness to take hold. We’ve seen firsthand in Socialist Democrat-run cities like Seattle, New York, Portland, Minneapolis, among others, what happens when elected officials turn their back on law enforcement. Violence and chaos ensues. As a former prosecutor in both Tuscaloosa and Madison Counties, I have worked hand in hand with law enforcement to defend against our communities’ seedy underbelly. As congressman, I remain steadfastly committed to making our communities safer. That begins with supporting law enforcement and providing them the resources they need to be successful, not defunding them.”


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Congressman Mo Brooks Deposed in Suit to Protect Alabama Congressional Seats & Electoral College Votes

2020/08/28

Huntsville, AL— Thursday afternoon, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was deposed in the federal suit State of Alabama & Mo Brooks vs. U.S. Census Bureau & U.S. Department of Commerce. In May 2018, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, on the State of Alabama's behalf, and Congressman Brooks sued to force the U.S. Census Bureau to abide by the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause and one man-one vote principles by not including illegal aliens in the apportionment of Congressional seats and Electoral College votes that elect the president of the United States.

President Trump highlighted the importance of the case when in July he signed an Executive Order that excludes illegal aliens from the part of the 2020 Census count that determines America’s representation in Congress.

Congressman Brooks being deposed virtually yesterday in his Huntsville District Office

Congressman Brooks said, "I was deposed yesterday in my ongoing legal battle against illegal alien counts determining how many Congressmen and presidential electoral college votes each state has.  The attorneys who deposed me represented various illegal alien sanctuary parts of the country that hope to gain political power at the expense of Alabama and other law-abiding states. I steadfastly defended the Constitutional rights of Alabamians in the face of those who seek to undermine the rights of American citizens in favor of illegal aliens. The conclusion of this deposition makes us one step closer to a final judgement in this important case." 

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Congressman Mo Brooks Helps Lead Fight Against Communist Chinese Confucius Institutes

2020/08/27

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he has cosponsored bipartisan H.R. 7601, the Concerns Over Nations Funding University Campus Institutes in the United States (aka CONFUCIUS) Act.

Sponsored by Democrat Congressman Donna Shalala (FL-27), the CONFUCIUS Act establishes requirements for colleges and universities that receive federal funding and have contracts or agreements with Communist Chinese Confucius Institutes. The contracts or agreements must include clear provisions that (1) protect the academic freedom of the institutions; (2) prohibit the application of foreign law on the institutions' campuses; and (3) grant full managerial authority of the institutes to the institutions, including full control over teaching plans, activities, research grants, and employment decisions.

An identical bill, S.939 sponsored by Senator John Kennedy (LA), passed the Senate by unanimous consent on June 10, 2020.

Congressman Brooks said, "The Communist Chinese Party is America’s economic, military, and health foe. It is an open secret that the Communist Chinese Party’s #1 foreign policy goal is to help assist with and manage America's economic and military decline. To their credit, the Communist Chinese are creative and clever in their infiltration and subversion of American institutions. In that vein, the so-called 'Confucius Institutes' at Troy University and Alabama A&M University are nothing more than propaganda and spying units of the Communist Chinese Party. So far, forty-five patriotic American universities from 30 different states have already shut down their Confucius Institutes since 2014. It is a tragedy that the State of Alabama has not joined in that patriotic effort."

Brooks continued, "The evidence against Communist China is overwhelming. The American Association of University Professors has decried the threat Communist China poses to academic freedom and the Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division has warned of Communist China’s efforts to conduct espionage through Confucius Institutes. Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo designated the Confucius Institute U.S. Center as a 'foreign mission,' recognizing CIUS for what it is: an entity advancing Beijing’s global propaganda and malign influence campaign on U.S. campuses and K-12 classrooms."

“Confucius Institutes are funded by the [People’s Republic of China] and part of the Chinese Communist Party’s global influence and propaganda apparatus,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The United States wants to ensure that students on U.S. campuses have access to Chinese language and cultural offerings free from the manipulation of the Chinese Communist Party and its proxies.”

Brooks added, "The Communist Chinese Party cannot be allowed to gain influence over America’s education system or undermine American national security. America must wise up and fight back against Communist China’s egregious espionage and propaganda on American soil."

Brooks concluded, "As students head back to college campuses, please remember there are two Alabama universities that have refused to follow the lead of 40+ patriotic universities across America by closing their Confucius Institutes. The two aiding and abetting the Chinese Communist Party? Troy University and Alabama A&M. Last month, I formally requested that Governor Kay Ivey and other state leaders be patriotic and heed the warnings about Confucius Institutes. To date, the State of Alabama has done nothing to help America on this issue, thereby letting Communist Chinese Party espionage and propaganda units continue to infiltrate our university system, sow the seeds of discord and dissent, and spread anti-American lies. I'm taking action in Congress to fight back against Communist China. I would hope that Alabama leaders would join me and other patriotic states and Americans and do the same."

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Congressman Mo Brooks Blasts Propaganda and Lies Surrounding Post Office Election Rigging Hoax

2020/08/21

Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he will vote “No” Saturday on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s conspiracy-theory-based postal bill.

Congressman Brooks said,  “With lies and propaganda, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Socialist Democrats seek to deceive America into believing President Trump somehow undermines the November election by opposing yet another $25 billion Postal Service bailout. The Fake News Media obediently echoes the Socialist fraud. All voters have the right to go to the polls on Election Day and vote. That’s the way it’s been for centuries in America and it has worked well. It worked during the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1920. It works today.”

Brooks added, “The Post Office has operated in the red for more than a decade. Where were Socialist Democrat cries in election years 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2008? The absurdity of the Socialists argument is glaringly obvious via the smallest amount of thought. I ask voters to ponder how many pieces of junk and other mail they get in their mail boxes each week. Socialists claim the Post Office can’t handle one...ONE... additional piece of mail (mailed ballots) coming into mailboxes in a limited number of states that allow vote-by-mail. This argument is absurd.  One...ONE...additional piece of mail in a limited number of states is not going to sink the Post Office nor is it something the Post Office can’t handle. Plus, in addition to what the Post Office normally receives, the Trump Administration has already loaned the Postal Service $10 billion in CARES Act money in 2020.”

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Brooks concluded, “I pray America will see the truth and not fall Socialist Democrat deception. The election rigging hoax is just another in a long string of hoaxes perpetrated against the American people by Socialist Democrats. They lied in the Russia collusion witch-hunt.  They lied about President Trump during impeachment, thereby undermining the U.S. Constitution.  Now they lie via an absurd the 'Post Office will collapse' conspiracy theory.  In Socialist Democrats’ minds, the ends justify the means. Like in George Orwell’s 1984, 4+4=5 to Socialist Democrats. The American people deserve better.”

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Congressman Mo Brooks Joins Alabama Rep. Tommy Hanes: "Close Alabama-Supported, Communist Chinese Confucius Institutes on Alabama Campuses"

2020/07/28

Washington, DC— Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) joined Alabama Representative Tommy Hanes by urging and formally requesting that Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh cause the State of Alabama to cease supporting and close all Communist Chinese Confucius Institutes on Alabama campuses. The letter urges state leaders to join dozens of other states by putting America’s interests first, thereby protecting America from Chinese Communist Party propaganda and promoting America’s national security.

Download the letter HERE

Congressman Brooks said, “Alabama leaders should use every possible tool at their disposal to close Communist Chinese-funded Confucius Institutes at both Troy and Alabama A&M. These so-called ‘institutes’ are nothing more than Communist Chinese propaganda units. Forty-five patriotic American universities from 30 different states have already shut down their Confucius Institutes since 2014. Alabama should show similar love for America by doing the same.”

Brooks continued, “The Communist Chinese Party cannot be allowed to gain influence over America’s education system or undermine American national security. The evidence against Communist China is overwhelming. The American Association of University Professors has decried the threat Communist China poses to academic freedom and the Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division has warned of Communist China’s efforts to conduct espionage through Confucius Institutes. Communist China is America’s geopolitical foe, not our friend. America must wise up and fight back against Communist China’s egregious espionage and propaganda on American soil.”

Full text of the letter follows:

July 28, 2020

The Honorable Kay Ivey
Governor of Alabama
State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
                

The Honorable Will Ainsworth
Lt. Governor of Alabama
11 South Union Street
Suite 725
Montgomery, AL 36130

 

The Honorable Del Marsh
Senate President Pro Tem
11 South Union Street
Suite 722
Montgomery, AL 36130


The Honorable Mac McCutcheon
Alabama Speaker of the House
11 South Union Street
Suite 519
Montgomery, AL 36130 

 

Dear Governor Ivey, Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, and House Speaker McCutcheon,

I write to express concerns about Chinese-funded Confucius Institutes in Alabama and the impact they have on the integrity of our higher education system, national security, and taxpayer funded research. I am particularly concerned that two Alabama universities have established Confucius Institutes on campus.[1]

I encourage you to close Confucius Institutes in the State of Alabama, thereby putting American interests first, protecting America from Chinese Communist Party propaganda, and protecting America’s national security.

By way of background, Confucius Institutes are established, funded, and operated by the Communist government of the Peoples Republic of China.[2]These institutes are managed by the Hanban also known as the Chinese Language Council International.[3] There are currently 81 Confucius Institutes in the United States.[4]In Alabama’s case, Alabama A&M is partnered with the Nanjing Forestry University and Troy University with Hebei Normal University of Science and Technology.[5]Confucius Institutes are not just on college campuses and exist in K-12 schools as “Confucius Classrooms.”[6]

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2019, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned “there is a fairly significant pattern of espionage” that is occurring at academic institutions.[7]Director Wray raised concerns that Confucius Institutes are “part of China’s soft power strategy and influence” and that they “offer a platform to disseminate Chinese government or Chinese Communist Party propaganda, to encourage censorship, to restrict academic freedom, et cetera.”[8]Heeding Director Wray’s warning, I request that you join a growing number of patriotic states by terminating Confucius Institutes in Alabama.

A former senior official in the Chinese Communist Party, Li Changchun, stated that Confucius Institutes are “an important part of China’s overseas propaganda setup.[9] With these institutes operating under foreign power on American soil, I urge you to reject the Chinese Communist Party’s push of propaganda that subverts American interests and values.            

Leading professors across America have repeatedly sounded the alarm on Confucius Institutes.[10]In June 2019, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) emphasized their concerns about Chinese impositions on academic freedom.[11]The AAUP pushed for academic freedom in the face of Chinese aggression, saying that “North American universities permit Confucius Institutes to advance a state agenda in the recruitment and control of academic staff, in the choice of curriculum, and in the restriction of debate.”[12]I urge you to heed the concerns of these educators. 

Even more alarming, the Chinese Communist Party is using their relationship between Confucius Institutes and American universities to conduct espionage on American soil.[13]In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in 2018, then-Assistant Director for the Counterintelligence Division Bill Priestap stated that China’s information enhancement programs are “brain gain programs” that “encourage theft of intellectual property from U.S. institutions.”[14]Continuing to allow China to gain influence over our education system undermines American national security and the efforts to protect the brilliant minds that keep America competitive.  

According to the National Association of Scholars, 45 patriotic American universities across 30 states have shut down their Confucius Institutes since 2014.[15]These schools  and their date of closure are as follows: Auburn University at Montgomery (6/2019), University of Alaska Anchorage (1/2020), Arizona State University (5/2019), University of Arizona (7/2020), California State University-Long Beach (2020), University of Chicago (9/2014), University of California-Davis (closing 8/15/2020), University of Delaware (2/2020), University of Hawaii Manoa (5/2019), University of Iowa (7/2018), University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (9/2017), Indiana University-Purdue University (4/2019), University of Kansas (1/2020), Kennesaw State University (10/2019), University of North Florida (8/2018), New Mexico State University (2/2020), Northern State University (5/2019), North Carolina State University (11/2018), University of Michigan (12/2018), University of Missouri (closing 8/2020), University of Miami (6/2020), University of Massachusetts Boston (1/2019), University of Minnesota (2/2019), University of Maryland (4/2020), Miami Dade University (12/2019), University of Montana (3/2019), University of Memphis (6/2020),  University of Oklahoma (closing 10/20), University of Oregon (4/2019), University of Pittsburgh (6/2020), Pennsylvania State University (9/2014), Pfeiffer University (5/2016), Prairie View A&M University (4/2018), Purdue University (2018), University of Rhode Island (12/2018), University of South Florida (12/2018), San Diego State University (6/2019), San Francisco State University (5/2019) Tulane University (2017), Texas A&M University (4/2018), University of Tennessee Knoxville (1/2019), University of Texas-San Antonio (2/2019), University of Texas-Dallas (8/2019), University of West Florida (Fall 2017), Western Kentucky University (4/2019).[16]

I applaud these academic institutions for their patriotism. I urge you to follow their lead in standing stand against Chinese infiltration of Alabama universities.

I hope you will consider our concerns as well as those of senior intelligence officials on this matter. I strongly encourage you to push for the complete closures of Confucius Institutes attached to Alabama universities. Your support of transparent policies in our education system regarding subversive foreign entities and disclosures of their financial involvement in our universities is paramount. In addition, I encourage you to reach out to the National Counterterrorism and Security Council or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to gain a full and clear understanding of the risks associated with these institutes. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Congressman Mo Brooks, M.C., AL-05

 


[1]The Daily Caller, “Beijing On American Campuses: Here’s Every College With A Confucius Institute,” 22 April 2020

https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/22/beijing-china-american-college-campus-confucius-institute-list/

[2]Inside Higher Ed, “Closing Confucius Institutes,” 9 January 2019.

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/01/09/colleges-move-close-chinese-government-funded-confucius-institutes-amid-increasing

[3]Congressional Research Service, "Confucius Institutes in the United States: Selected Issues,” 15 April 2019.  https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11180

[4]National Association of Scholars, “How Many Confucius Institutes are in the United States?” Updated 15 May 2020. https://www.nas.org/blogs/article/how_many_confucius_institutes_are_in_the_united_states

[5]National Association of Scholars, “Confucius Institutes in the United States May 2020 Report,” May 2020.https://www.nas.org/storage/app/media/Reports/Outsourced%20to%20China/confucius-institutes-in-the-us-updated-may-15-2020.pdf

[6]National Association of Scholars, “How Many Confucius Institutes are in the United States?” Updated 15 May 2020. https://www.nas.org/blogs/article/how_many_confucius_institutes_are_in_the_united_states

[7]NBC News, American Universities are a soft target for China’s Spies, say U.S. Intelligence Officials, 2 Feb. 2020.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/american-universities-are-soft-target-china-s-spies-say-u-n1104291

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[9]Congressional Research Service, "Confucius Institutes in the United States: Selected Issues,” 15 April 2019.  https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11180

[10]Inside Higher Ed, “Closing Confucius Institutes,” 9 January 2019.  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/01/09/colleges-move-close-chinese-government-funded-confucius-institutes-amid-increasing

[11]Id.

[12]Id.

[13]China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 115th Cong. (2018), available at https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/chinas-non-traditional-espionage-against-the-united-states-the-threat-and-potential-policy-responses

[14]Id. 

[15]National Association of Scholars, “How Many Confucius Institutes are in the United States?” Updated 15 May 2020. https://www.nas.org/blogs/article/how_many_confucius_institutes_are_in_the_united_states

[16] Id.

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Confronting NPR Liberals, Congressman Mo Brooks Forcefully Defends Alabama Congressional Seats & Electoral College Votes

2020/07/24

Washington, DC—  Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) joined NPR’s left-wing “On Point” to argue that the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause & One Man/One Vote principles demand exclusion of illegal aliens from the Census count part that determines each state’s Congressional representation & Electoral College votes.

Congressman Brooks was interviewed by On Point’s Meghna Chakrabarti and double-teamed by NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Thomas Saenz.

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Full transcript of Congressman Brooks NPR interview follows:

Chakrabarti: So joining us now is Representative Mo Brooks. He is Republican representative for Alabama's 5th Congressional District, and he is a coplaintiff in this Alabama reapportionment case. Representative Brooks, welcome to the program.

Brooks: My pleasure.

Chakrabarti: So. So give us the argument here that you're laying out. Why should undocumented immigrants in Alabama not be counted towards the numbers needed to reapportion seats in Congress?

Brooks: Well, just to be clear, the United States code refers to them as aliens and their status as illegal so, technically, under the law, they're illegal aliens. But I understand how those that are on the left side tend to want to give them a nicer name, one that is different from what the law states that the proper name is. But having said that, this is the 14th Amendment. We've got an equal protection clause in the United States Constitution and the 14th Amendment. And that 14th Amendment amends all preceding parts of the United States Constitution. A sub part of the equal protection clause is what we call a one man, one vote principles, where everybody has an obligation, at all levels of government, to ensure that a citizen’s votes for different elected positions have equal weight. In this case, it's votes for the United States Congress and President of the United States. And if you include illegal aliens in the reapportionment count part of the United States Census, then what you are doing is violating the equal protection clause by giving some American citizens more power and influence over the election of congressmen and senators because they have fewer citizens in those districts in which they vote. And so if you believe the equal protection clause and one man, one vote principles of the United States Constitution and 14th Amendment, then you should not count illegal aliens in the part of the count that relates to the distribution of political power, i.e., how many congressmen each state has and how many Electoral College votes you have for the election of the President of the United States.

Chakrabarti: So first of all, to just the follow up question here, to your point about undocumented immigrants, and as you refer to them, illegal aliens. Well, neither nomenclature matters because the Constitution of the United States regarding the count that the census is supposed to undertake every 10 years simply says persons. It says persons. There is no designation to regarding their civil status in the United States. It says persons. So does that part of the Constitution not apply here? Is that what you're saying?

Brooks: When you're defining the word person, you also have to understand that there are exceptions to the word persons. By way of example, we're not going to count foreigners who are in the United States lawfully when they work at various embassies as part of the ambassadorial staff. That's just an example of one set of persons who are in the United States and they're in the United States legally, but they are not counted for the purposes of conducting the United States Census. So it's not 100 percent all human beings. There are exceptions to that, but you also have to take into account the weight and power of the 14th Amendment and which is going to trump here. Are we going to go with your rather expansive definition of the word persons? Which, by the way, historically has many different meanings. Or are we going to give weight and power to the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution and the one man, one vote principles on which our republic has been based ever since the Supreme Court intervened and said you have to start trying to equalize the influence of voters as they elect these different positions. By way of example, when I was in the state legislature, we had redistricting. When I was on the county commission, we had redistricting. As a member of the United States Congress, we had redistricting. And we had absolute mandates that we had to make those districts as even as possible from a population perspective, in order to ensure that no citizens vote was worth more than another citizens vote. And when you include illegal aliens in the count for the purposes of distributing political power, then what about states like California and Texas? Their votes in those states are worth far more than the votes in states such as Ohio or Colorado or West Virginia, Kentucky or Maine or Vermont, Alabama, Nebraska, South Carolina, Wisconsin, just go on down the list. And so if you're going to count illegal aliens in the census for the purpose of distributing political power, then you're quite clearly violating the 14th Amendment equal protection clause and the one man, one vote principles that have been the bedrock of our election system for many, many decades.

Chakrabarti: Right. So but of course, you mentioned California and Texas, two very interesting states here, because I think voters there might right now argue that given the way the apportionment works and the cap on the number of Congress people in the in the House, that their votes are actually worth a lot less right now.

Brooks: No that’s not true, because illegal aliens have been counted in the 2010 census for the purposes of distributing political power. So California, by way of example, probably has three or so more members of Congress than it should; same with Texas. In the case of California's, because they are an avowed, either in whole or in part, sanctuary state or with all of its cities that are sanctuary cities. They're encouraging this illegal conduct. That, in turn, is giving them more political power in the United States House of Representatives and for the election of the president of the United States. These abuse citizens of other states and that's wrong.

Chakrabarti: Mm hmm. Well, I mean, I guess the point I was trying to get to is regarding how that apportionment ultimately affects the Electoral College. But look, I take a slight take part of what you were saying earlier. I take your point, but there's one more thing I want to ask you, and then I'm going to bring out the guest back into this conversation. Representative, you said a little earlier that historically the definition of persons in the United States has changed. But it has changed because definitions thereof were to render people less than an entire person. I mean, as we know, three fifths of a person, that's what black Americans were in the eyes of this country.

Brooks: And it was a good change.

Chakrabarti: Right. Right. So right.

Brooks: It was an abomination. It's a shame we still look the other way with so much slavery that goes on around the world. I wish we'd be much more proactive, particularly when it comes to trade arrangements, when you've got slave labor. The United States of America should do much more than we are doing to minimize trade with those type of countries.

Saenz: Totally in agreement with you. Slavery is bad wherever it happens. But my point is, it sounds as if you're advocating for a definition of personhood that would not include them. So once again, it's reducing what we see as a whole person in this country,

Brooks: Someone who is here illegally should not be counted for the purposes of distribution of political power, if you're going to abide by the equal protection clause and the one man, one vote principles that underlie that clause. No citizen's vote should be worth more than another citizen’s vote in the election of the president of the United States or in the election of members United States Congress. That's going to be the battle we're going to have. I've heard the argument that you have made about the word persons. I hope you're hearing the argument that I have made about the equal protection clause and one man, one vote principles and some judge at some level is going to have to resolve the apparent conflict between the two. I hope that the equal protection clause and one man, one vote principles will prevail. But of course, there are others who don't want that outcome.

Chakrabarti: Mm hmm. Well, let me just turn back to our other guests here to get their views on this. Hansi Lo Wang, NPR reporter on the 2020 census, just your thoughts on the key, a little bit more about the case and what   Representative Brooks is saying.

Wang: I just want to point out that the residents criteria that the Census Bureau has put out published in the Federal Register does say that citizens of foreign countries are living in a states where members of the diplomatic community, they are counted at the embassy, consulate, United Nations facility or other residents where diplomats live. I also think it's important to point out that there is a long, long history of past lawsuits that have tried to get unauthorized immigrants excluded from the apportionment counter history that I've tracked back to the 80s that come from immigration restrictionist group known as the Federation for American Immigration Reform. They have filed lawsuits brought before the 1980 census. They filed again before that around the 1990 census. And those cases were dismissed in court and there is no form of rulings on the actual merits of those arguments. But there have been various lawmakers over the years who have tried to introduce bills, amendments and make similar calls. They have not gotten very far.

NPR: Well, ThomasSaenz, Representative Brooks is highlighting the 14th Amendment here, the Equal Protection Clause, and saying that's that by counting undocumented immigrants, it violates the equal protection rights of voting citizens. Your response to that

Saenz: Well, I think that Mr. Brooks is mischaracterizing his own case. This case, to be clear, is not about citizens and non-citizens. It's about the undocumented only. There are many non-citizens who are not undocumented. Lawful permanent residents: asylees, refugees. No one, neither the state of Alabama, nor Mr. Brooks, nor Donald Trump in his memorandum from Tuesday is attempting to discount non-citizens. They are attempting to have an estimate of the undocumented population, a subset of non-citizens backed out of the apportionment count. That's why this case has absolutely nothing to do with one person, one vote. Moreover, going back over 200 years, we have always counted those who are unable to vote, including those under 18, including the many, including half the population women who were not entitled to vote when the Constitution was put in place. But nonetheless, they were to be counted as among persons in each state in the apportionment clause. Moreover, I would point out that the 14th Amendment that Mr. Brooks keeps citing, in fact, is where the Supreme Court has determined on multiple occasions that the word person includes undocumented immigrants. Indeed, in the nineteen eighty-two case Plyler versus Doe, the Supreme Court concluded that persons with specific regard to the equal protection clause include individuals who are undocumented. So, there's absolutely nothing to support the contention being put forward in that case. I didn't want to add to that. The important piece of the case today in relation to Mr. Trump's memorandum is actually a cross claim filed by the interveners represented by MALDEF against the United States. In the main case, Alabama and Mr. Brooks are contending that the Constitution requires that you discount the undocumented and indeed to, in effect, put in place a zero fifths rule for the undocumented. But what the cross claim does, because we anticipated that the Trump administration would do exactly what happened on Tuesday. Last October, we filed a cross claim, which is like a separate lawsuit. It's called a cross claim because by one defendant. The intervenors against another defendant, The United States. And that cross claim contends that the administration may not voluntarily, on its own decide to discount the undocumented, even if Alabama were to fail in its suit, which is seeking to require that they be discounted. The administration could decide on its own to do it. We anticipated that, filed that cross claim in October of last year. That's already in litigation. It will prevent this unconstitutional memorandum from taking effect.

Chakrabarti: If your litigation is successful in this case, right?

Saenz: Yes.

Saenz: There will be other cases.

Chakrabarti: But you had, but to put the point of making you filed this cross claim many months ago, back in last October, as I heard you say. Now, Representative Brooks, I appreciate your patience here in hearing Thomas. You want to respond to him?

Brooks: Well, there are lots of things that I disagree with has been expressed by, you know, I'm outnumbered here, about two or three to one. But I'm used to that on NPR and a lot of other stations and communication tools. But I do appreciate you giving me the opportunity to respond. I respectfully disagree with your interpretations of legal interpretations that have been advanced. I'm an attorney. I don't know if the other gentlemen are. I suspect that the way they're presenting themselves, they probably are. But that's why we have this litigation in court. There are arguments on both sides. I hope that the federal courts will respect the equal protection clause and the one man, one vote principles and not give any one citizen in California 30, 40, 50 percent more power in the election of the president, in the states and of congressmen than, say, a citizen in the state of Ohio or the search state of Wisconsin or in the state of Alabama that I'm from. And if they do decide to give more power based on the conduct of illegal activity, well, that's unfortunate. And I think that's wrong. We'll abide by whatever the decision is. But by golly, we're going to fight it in court to try to do the right thing and to minimize the adverse effect of illegal conduct on who controls the government of the United States. Let me give you an idea of where they're really headed with all of this: you know, in San Francisco, anybody can vote. That means illegal aliens can register to vote in San Francisco. That means that lawful immigrants who are not American citizens can vote in San Francisco in their municipal elections. That means that we now have legally allowed, at least in San Francisco and some other communities where the folks that I'm speaking opposite of here, they want to allow foreign influence over control of American governments. And that's wrong. And I'm going to fight that. I represent American citizens of all stripes. It doesn’t make any difference what their race is, what their ethnicity is, what their religious values are. By golly, this is the United States of America, and we ought to allow American citizens to control our own government. And that's what I want to protect and preserve as much as I can.

Chakrabarti: Just to fact check something there. Hansi Lo Wang is a professional journalist.

Brooks: Well he presents himself well.

Chakrabarti: Well, well, because he's a professional and he has been following this story very closely and very professionally and Thomas Saenz is indeed a legal expert here.

Brooks: He also presents his argument well.

Chakrabarti: Well, good. We tried to, we try to we try to invite people who do just that so that we can get a deeper understanding of these complex issues. Representative Brooks, I have one last question for you, and I was going to let you go. But one last question, if I could.

Brooks: yes ma’am

Chakrabarti: You talked about preventing foreign influence in American elections. Do you bring the same passion to that fundamental, fundamentally important charge to, you know, foreign influence regarding social media, regarding Russia, regarding China?

Brooks: Absolutely. We should try to minimize that as much as possible. But let's also bear in mind what's good for the goose is good for the gander. The United States of America actively tries to influence the elections in other countries. We should not be surprised when other countries try to do the same thing to The United States of America. Alright.

Chakrabarti: Well, Representative Brooks, I'm afraid we've got to take a quick break here, but I appreciate you joining us today. Mo Brooks is a representative for Alabama's 5th.

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Alabama Will Not Be Dictated To: Congressman Mo Brooks Celebrates & Defends Alabama's U.S. Capitol Statues

2020/07/24

Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) released a video from the United States Capitol celebrating and defending statutes honoring Alabama heroes.  Three great Americans from Alabama are honored by U.S. Capitol statues: Helen Keller, “Fighting” Joe Wheeler and Rosa Parks.

The 1864 National Statuary Collection law says each state may “furnish statues…of deceased persons who have been citizens thereof, and illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services such as each State may deem to be worthy of this national commemoration.” The 1864 law clearly defers to states the power to determine who they wish to honor.

Alabama chose to honor Joe Wheeler, the only Confederate general to later become a United States general. General Wheeler oversaw Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War & served in the Philippines in 1900. General Wheeler’s service was so respected by America that he earned the right to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Click on the above image or HERE to view Congressman Brooks video

Congressman Brooks said, “The 1864 U.S. Capitol statuary collection law gives states the power to determine who they wish to honor. This makes perfect sense. Just as it would be wrong for Alabama and other states to dictate to New York and California who they must honor, it is similarly wrong and repulsive for New York, California, or other states to dictate to Alabama who we must honor. Ignoring history and led by Socialist Democrats, the House voted this week to remove American patriot Joe Wheeler’s statue from the Capitol, thereby empowering other states to dictate to a single state who that state can, or cannot, honor.”

Brooks continued, “Sadly, Socialist Democrats in the U.S. House are actively embracing fascism, socialism, and revisionism. As previously reflected by an earlier Socialist Democrat public statement, in their minds, historical figures like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson (all honored at Mount Rushmore) must be erased because each of these brave American leaders stood for liberty and freedom, the exact opposite of the socialism and fascism so many in Congress now mindlessly advocate as they seek to stifle competing views, political philosophies, and ways of life they disagree with and seek to destroy.”

Brooks concluded, ”I reject cancel culture, historical revisionism, socialism, and fascism. I support freedom and liberty. I support federalism and a state’s right to decide for itself who it should honor. As such, I proudly voted 'No' on H.R. 7573. Alabama, not New Yorkers, Californians, or anyone else, should decide who we wish to honor in Alabama’s contribution to the National Statuary Collection. Socialist Democrat states should butt out!”

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On November 6, 2018, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) was re-elected as the Representative for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District. He proudly represents the people of the Tennessee Valley and serves on two influential House committees: Armed Services and Science, Space, and Technology. Congressman Brooks serves on three important House subcommittees: the Strategic Forces and Readiness subcommittees on Armed Services and the Space subcommittee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Now in his 5th term, Congressman Brooks’ seniority has improved to #11 out of 26 Republicans on Armed Services and #2 out of 15 Republicans on Science, Space, and Technology.

Congressman Brooks is highly active and engaged in representing the interests of the 5th District.

Congressman Brooks successfully inserted 25 Tennessee Valley defense community policy priorities into the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Those provisions include, but are not limited to: Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IB multiyear procurement, Hypersonics development, Improved Turbine Engine, Short Range Air Defense, and the Army’s Iron Dome interceptor system.

In the 115th Congress, Congressman Brooks’ bill, the “American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act” or “ALSTAR Act” successfully passed the U.S. House. The “ALSTAR” Act would formally designate Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center as NASA’s lead center for rocket propulsion. In addition, the ALSTAR Act would direct Marshall to explore, develop, coordinate and mature new rocket propulsion technology in cooperation with government and private sector partners.

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. Congressman 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 in Huntsville.

Congressman 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, Congressman 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.

Congressman 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 re-elected 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 re-elected to the Commission in 2000, 2004, and 2008. During every year except when he was serving as a prosecutor or court clerk, Brooks was a private practice attorney. 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, Congressman 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 ten grandchildren.

Congressman Brooks was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010.


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