Washington, DC— Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was one of only 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives awarded the prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award by FreedomWorks, a leading conservative organization with more than six million members nationwide. Only members of Congress who score better than 90% on the FreedomWorks scorecard receive the FreedomFighter Award. Congressman Brooks’ FreedomWorks score was in the top 4% of all Congressmen in 2017.
Brooks said, “FreedomWorks is a leading organization in the conservative movement. I thank them for their work keeping members of Congress accountable and scoring key House floor votes which helps the American people better understand the impact of those votes. I was proud to receive the prestigious FreedomWorks 2017 FreedomFighter Award for my voting record in 2017. If America is to maintain its place as the greatest country in world history, more members of Congress must fight for the foundational principles that made America great. I’m fighting in Congress for those principles, and I’m glad to have a partner as effective as FreedomWorks in the fight.”
Congressman Brooks with Jason Pye,
Vice President of Legislative Affairs for FreedomWorks
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FreedomWorks President, Adam Brandon, said, “The recipients of the FreedomFighter Award showed a commitment in 2017 to pro-growth economic policies and constitutionally limited government. We’re proud to recognize these senators and representatives. Our work is still cut out for us. Now that we have reduced some regulations and passed a historic tax reform bill, we must continue to pressure Congress to reduce spending to ensure that the prosperity we are seeing now is lasts into the future.”
FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Jason Pye, said, “The winners of the 2017 FreedomFighter Award deserve applause. These members take tough votes, often going against the leadership of their own party, because they want to do what is right by taxpayers. But consistency is key. America is staring down massive budget deficits as a result of the fiscal profligacy of this Congress. We have to continue working to put our country on a sustainable path, repeal ObamaCare, promote free trade, and continue to rollback the regulatory state.”
Washington, DC— Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voiced support for President Trump’s efforts to have North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies contribute more to Europe’s defense. President Trump is in Brussels, Belgium Wednesday and Thursday to participate in NATO meetings.
Brooks said, “America cannot afford to be the cop on every street corner in the world. Our 28 NATO allies must meet their obligation to Europe’s defense by ponying up their share of defense dollars. In 2014 in Wales, all NATO member states reaffirmed their commitment to spend the equivalent of at least 2% of their gross domestic product on defense, yet only five members, including America, meet that obligation. America spends 3.6% of gross domestic product on defense, while the NATO member that spends the second most, the United Kingdom, spends a mere 2.1% of GDP.”
Brooks added, “When NATO was created, Europe was weakened by war and unable to defend itself from potential Soviet Union aggression. Hence, in the 1940s, it made sense for America to come to Europe’s aid and provide almost all of Europe’s defense. No longer. Seven decades later, Europe’s population and economic might empower Europe and NATO to cause Russia to fear Europe, not the other way around. Europe’s population of 508 million vastly exceeds that of Russia’s population of 144 million. Europe’s gross domestic product of $17.1 trillion greatly exceeds Russia’s gross domestic product of $1.6 trillion. Given Europe’s huge population and economic advantage over Russia, Europe is more than able to defend itself and, in doing so, make Europe and NATO a much stronger military force and ally on behalf of America and the world’s democracies. Hopefully, President Trump’s calling Europe and NATO to task for their weakness will encourage them to ‘man up’ and be courageous enough to defend themselves against what is a relatively much smaller, and what should be a relatively much weaker, Russia.”
Brooks continued, “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee, I applaud President Trump’s efforts to strengthen the NATO alliance by ensuring all members meet their obligations and more equitably share the cost burden of security. President Trump’s leadership will result in strengthening NATO’s mutual defense by increasing overall spending on vital defense capabilities.”
Washington, DC— Monday night, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
Brooks said, “President Trump made an excellent choice when he nominated Neil Gorsuch, and he has repeated his standard of excellence by nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. It is a bedrock principle of the American Republic that justices should not substitute their policy beliefs for the policy beliefs of America’s properly elected Congresses and presidents. Judicially activist justices betray the Constitution and America when they deem and substitute their own policy beliefs superior to those of elected officials who are tasked by our Constitution with making American law. Brett Kavanaugh has an established record of upholding the Constitution and federal law without inserting his personal political views into his decisions. As such, I look forward to his quick confirmation by the Senate.”
Brooks continued, “America’s founding fathers brilliantly created three branches of government, with each being a check on the other two, and each having a defined role. Congress makes law, the Executive Branch implements law, and the Judiciary interprets and applies law. In my view, America is burdened with too many liberal, activist federal justices and judges who fail to abide by their role as limited by the Constitution, and I am pleased President Trump nominated a judge who understands the importance of limiting his role to that intended by America’s founding fathers.”
Washington, DC— Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “Yes” on H.R. 6157, the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which passed the House 359-49. Congressman Brooks serves on the House Armed Services Committee and sits on the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittees.
Brooks said, “America’s military must have the personnel and equipment necessary to protect our national security. As I have with every other defense appropriations bill since I’ve been in Congress, I voted ‘Yes’ on the FY19 Defense Appropriations Act to support our military. Slowly but surely, Republicans have diligently worked to rebuild America’s military after the damage done by sequestration cuts. As an aside, I was one of only two Alabama Republican Congressmen who foresaw the damage sequestration would do to our national security and voted against sequestration in 2011.”
Brooks continued, “The FY19 Defense Appropriations Act further rebuilds our armed forces, restores readiness, and supports our warfighters by providing $674.6 billion in total defense funding, including $68 billion for the War on Terrorism. The bill also includes a 2.6% raise for our troops and provides $245.9 billion for training, maintenance, and base operations— things central to maintaining America’s military might.”
Brooks continued, “The FY19 Defense Appropriations bill includes significant wins for the Tennessee Valley defense community. To highlight a few, the bill includes robust funding for the Improved Turbine Engine, Hypersonics development, Standard Missile 3, Terminal High Altitude Air Defense, and unmanned aerial vehicles. Additionally, $92 billion is provided for research and development of new defense systems and technology, and $146 billion is provided for procurement of the resources, weapons, and platforms for our troops.”
Brooks concluded, “Providing the necessary resources for a strong national defense is Job #1 for Congress. The FY19 defense appropriations bill passed today not only enhances America’s national security, it tells our allies and enemies that America has the fortitude and ability to protect our interests around the globe.”
Washington, DC— Wednesday afternoon, on a unanimous bipartisan voice vote, the U.S. House passed Congressman Mo Brooks’ bill, H.R.5345, the “American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act” or “ALSTAR Act.” The bill formally designates Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center as NASA’s lead center for rocket propulsion. In addition, the ALSTAR Act directs Marshall to explore, develop, coordinate and mature new rocket propulsion technology in cooperation with government and private sector partners.
Brooks said, “I appreciate my colleagues’ support for designating Marshall Space Flight Center as NASA’s lead center for rocket propulsion. It is gratifying to see the ALSTAR Act pass the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. My colleagues recognize that developing and improving rocket propulsion is essential to America’s maintaining our leadership in space exploration and national security. In turn, my colleagues also recognize that Marshall Space Flight Center is best equipped to take the lead on exploring, developing, and maturing new rocket propulsion technology in cooperation with government and private sector partners. Perhaps most importantly, the ALSTAR Act formally protects the Marshall Space Flight Center’s rocket propulsion efforts and team from those political forces that may, in the future, seek to shift Marshall’s rocket propulsion efforts, and jobs, elsewhere.”
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debating the ALSTAR Act on the House floor
Brooks continued, “As Congress guides America’s national space policy, we must promote the robust rocket propulsion industrial base that is essential to our space presence. After all, rocket propulsion is fundamental to everything we do in space. The ALSTAR Act ensures the long-term stability of the rocket propulsion industry through better coordination and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders.”
Brooks concluded, “Marshall Space Flight Center is the birthplace of the American space program. Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team famously pioneered rocket propulsion at Marshall during the Space Race of the 50s and 60s. Marshall has decades of experience working with other government agencies and industry partners to study and coordinate rocket propulsion technologies that are critical to national security, intelligence gathering, communications, weather forecasting, navigation, communications, entertainment, land use, Earth observation, and scientific exploration. The ALSTAR Act solidifies Marshall’s status as America’s premier rocket propulsion center and challenges Marshall to develop the next generation of rocket propulsion technology.”
Congressman Brooks’ full floor speech follows:
Mr. Speaker, as the Congressman for the Tennessee Valley, I am uniquely situated to appreciate the valuable contribution the Marshall Space Flight Center has made, and continues to make, to America’s rocket propulsion capabilities.
As a child growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, I well-remember the 1960s, as nearby Saturn V rocket engine tests shook the ground and rattled the windows.
I also remember the great pride in America I felt the moment Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon after leaving earth on one of our Saturn V rockets.
No doubt about it, developing and improving rocket propulsion is essential to American’s leadership in space exploration and national security.
And it has been the Marshall Space Flight Center that has provided, and continues to provide, the cutting-edge expertise America needs in both solid and liquid rocket propulsion.
Over the last several years, America has witnessed a resurgence in the rocket propulsion industry. As traditional and emerging actors move forward, it is important that the federal government minimize expensive duplication and support healthy cooperation and communication between the private sector and federal government to promote America’s robust rocket propulsion industry.
With President Trump’s establishment of Space Force as an independent branch of the military, rocket propulsion is recognized as even more important to securing America’s future than ever before because America’s military relies heavily on its space assets (global positioning satellites being but one example) to protect our national security.
As Congress guides America’s national space policy, we must promote the robust rocket propulsion industrial base that is essential to our space presence.
My bill, H.R. 5345, the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act of 2018 (commonly known as the “ALSTAR Act”), helps ensure the long-term stability of the rocket propulsion industry through better coordination and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders, public and private.
Specifically, the ALSTAR Act formally designates Marshall Space Flight Center as NASA’s current and future lead center for rocket propulsion.
In addition, the ALSTAR Act directs Marshall to explore, develop, and mature new rocket propulsion technology in cooperation with partners across and outside of government. This new emphasis, while building on a strong foundation, helps to ensure that America remains at the forefront of space exploration.
Mr. Speaker, in the 1940s and 1950s, voyages to the moon were thought impossible. But America rose to the challenge and overcame the impossible.
Today, America must once again challenge itself to reach far beyond its limits.
Through our increased attention, focus, and support of the utilization of space and the exploration of deep space we, too, can overcome the impossible and help inspire the next generation of Americans to look to the stars and go where no one has gone before.
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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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