Mo Brooks

Mo Brooks

ALABAMA's 5th DISTRICT

Congressman Mo Brooks:U.S. Army Must Prosecute & Fire Redstone Arsenal Army Personnel Who Illegally Used Government Resources to Distribute Political Propaganda Claiming "Make America Great Again" & "Celebration of Columbus Day" Constitute White Supremacy

2020/07/08

Washington, DC— Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) blasted deeply offensive and racist U.S. Army “Operation Inclusion” propaganda U.S. Army personnel distributed to Redstone Arsenal civilian and uniformed personnel in clear violation of the Hatch Act. Congressman Brooks sent a letter to U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy (copies to President Donald Trump; Mark Meadows, White House Chief of Staff; Attorney General William Barr; and others) demanding an investigation into Army personnel illegally using federal government resources to distribute racist and partisan political propaganda in direct violation of the federal Hatch Act and any number of military regulations. Click HERE to view and download Congressman Brooks’ letter to U.S. Army Secretary McCarthy.

The Army email invited “All soldiers and (Department of the Army) Civilian Personnel” to attend “Operation Inclusion” seminars July 8 & 9 at Redstone Arsenal’s Bob Jones Auditorium at the Sparkman Center Complex. The email, sent by “Chaney P. Pickard” (per the emails, Pickard is with the U.S. Army Aviation & Missile Center), via an official government email address: “Chaney.p.pickard.civ@mail.mil”.  The   invitation was sent to an unknown number of recipients, but likely in the thousands if the invitation went to all Redstone Arsenal Army civilian and uniformed personnel.

The U.S. Army email further states it is by the “U.S. Army Equity & Inclusion Agency” and “Assistant Secretary of the Army - Manpower and Reserve Affairs”.

Disturbingly, the Army chose Redstone Arsenal as the first location on a tour that will cover all Army 4 star commands.

The illegal, racist and politically partisan material includes a pyramid graphic that claims the following are evidence of “White Supremacy”, and, hence, racism:

  •  Using the phrase “Make America Great Again”
  • “Education Funding from Property Taxes”
  • “Calling the Police on Black People”
  • Using the phrase “All Lives Matter”
  • “Denial of White Privilege”
  • “Inequitable Healthcare”
  • “Anti-Immigration Policies”
  • “English-Only Initiatives”
  • “Celebration of Columbus Day”
  • Talking about American “Exceptionalism”
  • “Claiming Reverse-Racism”
  • Stating “There’s Only One Human Race”
  • And dozens more!

Congressman Brooks said, “U.S. Army personnel have violated the Hatch Act and any number of military regulations by distributing materials that, among other offensive things, labels president Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan or 'Celebration of Columbus Day' as white supremacist. The Hatch Act prohibits federal government executive branch employees from engaging in defined, banned political activity. ALL U.S. Army civilian and uniformed personnel who drafted, approved or sent this racist and politically partisan email, using government resources, should be prosecuted for their Hatch Act violations and summarily fired for blatantly and illegally injecting themselves into partisan political activities on government time using federal taxpayer money.”

Brooks added, “Heads should roll. I ask the U.S. Army to investigate this matter and send me a report of (a) who was involved in these Hatch Act violations, (b) whether they will be prosecuted pursuant to the Hatch Act, and (c) whether they will be terminated for their illegal conduct (as I would expect of any federal government employee who blatantly disregards and violates the Hatch Act). The U.S. Army is not the place for political indoctrination or reeducation experimentation. These vile violators of the Hatch Act should be made an example as a stern warning to other federal employees that no one is above the law when it comes to illegally using federal government resources to promote racial division and advance a partisan political agenda.”

Brooks continued, “In March 2018, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel advised executive branch employees that, while on duty or in the federal workplace, they may not engage in activity directed toward the success or failure of President Trump’s reelection campaign. More specifically, while on duty or in a federal workplace, federal employees are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or distributing items from President Trump’s 2016 or 2020 campaigns, like ‘Make America Great Again,’ ‘#MAGA,’ or, in the alternative, items directed at the failure of President Trump’s reelection campaign.[1] Just as federal employees may not use federal time and resources to promote 'Make America Great Again', neither may employees use federal time and resources to denigrate 'Make America Great Again'."

Brooks concluded, "Numerous Redstone Arsenal employees have expressed outrage to me about the U.S. Army blatantly violating the Hatch Act and, in effect, labeling patriotic Americans 'White Supremacists' and racists if they say or do dozens of things outlined in the U.S. Army email. I have written to U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy requesting the following information:

1.            Who within the Department of the Army is responsible for the creation of the email and document?

2.            Who within the Department of the Army approved the email and document?

3.            Pursuant to the creation and approval of the document, was there a violation of either the Hatch Act or DoD Directive 1344.10?

4.            If a violation of the Hatch Act or DoD Directive 1344.10 is found to have occurred, will those responsible be held accountable for their actions?

5.           If it is found that a violation occurred (which seems pretty obvious), how will those federal employees be held accountable for their illegal conduct?


I aim to get to the bottom of this outrageous propaganda and see that those responsible are appropriately prosecuted and fired.”

 

LETTER TO SECRETARY OF THE ARMY:
 

July 8, 2020

The Honorable Ryan D. McCarthy
Secretary of the Army
101 Army Pentagon, Room 3E700
Washington, D.C. 20310-0101

Dear Secretary McCarthy:

It has come to my attention that earlier this week, as part of Operation Inclusion, an official invitation to an Army Listening Session with a Headquarters, Department of the Army (HDQA) Inclusion Advisory Team was sent to Department of Defense uniform and civilian personnel and, perhaps, even Department of Defense contractors in the private sector. Appallingly, the invitation included an overtly political Army document, which included a chart stating that the phrase “Make America Great Again” or “Celebrating Columbus Day” or “Calling the Police on Black People” or using the phrase “All Lives Matter” or “Denying White Privilege” (among many, many other things) constitutes “white supremacy” and, therefore, racism!

The federal Office of Special Counsel has issued guidance declaring use of the phrase “Make America Great Again” as political activity.[1] Conversely, attacking the phrase “Make America Great Again” is similarly political activity barred by the Hatch Act.  Distribution of materials with the phrase, on federal property or using government material, is a violation of the Hatch Act (P.L. 76-252), which applies to all DoD civilian employees, Reservists, and members of the National Guard.[2] Additionally, as guidance from the Office of Special Counsel makes clear, distributing items with the term “Make America Great Again”[3], whether in support of or opposition to President Trump’s reelection campaign “would constitute political activity if tied to candidates or political parties.”[4]

As you may also be aware, DoD Directive 1344.10, on Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces, specifically states in section 4.1.2, that “a member of the Armed Forces on active duty shall not:”… use official authority or influence to interfere with an election, affect the course or outcome of an election, solicit votes for a particular candidate or issue, or require or solicit political contributions from others.”[5]

The U.S. Army’s use of a graphic that claims “Make America Great Again” (among many other things) constitutes “white supremacy” and, thus, racism, in a clearly marked Army product distributed to U.S. Army uniform and civilian personnel working on or for Redstone Arsenal (a major U.S. military base) using an official email account is in violation of the law, federal regulations, and DoD Directives.

Therefore, I respectfully request the following information:

 1.  Who within the Department of the Army is responsible for the creation of the flyer/brochure and email?

 2.  Who within the Department of the Army approved the flyer/brochure and email?

 3.  Pursuant to the creation, approval, and distribution of the flyer/brochure and email,

was there a violation of either the Hatch Act or DoD Directive 1344.10?

4.  If a violation of the Hatch Act or DoD Directive 1344.10 is found to have occurred (a violation seems pretty obvious), will those responsible be held accountable for their actions?

5. If it is found that a violation occurred, how will those federal employees be held accountable for their illegal conduct?

Listening sessions, as means to check the pulse of the workforce and to foster communication among managers and employees, can be appropriate. Including overtly political materials in the invitation for such an event is completely inappropriate and, in this instance and in my view, illegal. Further, the inclusion of such materials serves only to ostracize segments of the workforce and create racial division, rather than minimize it. What occurred is absolutely unacceptable, and I expect Army leadership to fully investigate whether this incident violated the Hatch Act or any Department of Defense regulation and to appropriately hold those responsible accountable to the fullest extent possible.

There are better ways to accomplish this mission of Operation Inclusion without demonizing and asserting that those who support President Trump are “White Supremacists” and, therefore, racists.  By including such outlandish propaganda in Army documents, the Army will only continue to sow divisions among their workforce.

Sincerely,

Mo Brooks
Member of Congress

CC:

The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

The Honorable Mark T. Esper
Secretary
Department of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon, Room 3E880
Washington, D.C. 20310-1000

Henry Kerner
Special Counsel
U.S. Office of Special of Counsel
1730 M Street, N.W., Suite 218
Washington, DC 20036-4505

Dr. Juanita Christensen
Executive Director
U.S. Army CCDC AvMC
Bldg. 5400
Redstone Arsenal, AL 35898

The Honorable Mark Meadows

Chief of Staff

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

 

The Honorable William Barr

Attorney General

U.S. Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20530

[1] Updated Hatch Act Guidance for Federal Employees After President Trump Becomes Candidate for Reelection, U.S. Office of Special Counsel (March 5, 2018), https://osc.gov/Documents/Hatch%20Act/Advisory%20Opinions/Federal/Current%20Guidance%20on%20President%20Trump%27s%20Reelection%20Status.pdf

[2] 5 U.S.C. § 7324

[3] Clarification of November 27, 2018 email, U.S. Office of Special Counsel (November 20, 2018), https://osc.gov/pages/advisory-opinions.aspx

[4]Letter from Chief of the Hatch Act Unit, Ana Galindo-Marrone, U.S. Office of Special Counsel (March 17, 2020), https://osc.gov/Documents/Hatch%20Act/Advisory%20Opinions/Federal/Agency%20Hosting%20Lecture%20on%20Politically-Charged%20Topics.pdf

[5]Department of Defense, Directive No. 1344.10 (Feb. 19, 2008), https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodd/134410p.pdf

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[1] https://osc.gov/News/Pages/18-23-Updated-Hatch-Guidance.aspx

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Celebrate American Greatness & Foundational Principles on Independence Day!

2020/07/04

Washington, DC— Saturday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) urged patriotic Americans to celebrate July 4th, our independence, and the foundational principles that have made America the greatest nation in world history.

“On July 4th, 1776, America’s Founding Fathers launched history’s greatest experiment. The Founders sought to answer a question no one had asked before. Can a nation prosper under a system of self-government based on freedom and liberty? The answer, YES!”

“Soviet Union & German style communism & socialism have been relegated to the dustbin of history, leaving tens of millions dead in their wake. In contrast, America’s experiment with liberty and freedom has excelled, making us the greatest nation in history.”

“Today, America faces its greatest internal threat in history, excepting the Civil War. Evil revisionism and dangerous doctrines are being advanced by those who wish to undermine and suppress individual freedom and liberty and replace them with government dictates and Communist China-style slavery, where the masses are forced to work for the financial benefit of elitist party members. I urge all American patriots to remember the sacrifices of our ancestors that have combined to give us the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Further, I urge patriotic Americans to fully use and exercise all our rights and powers to protect the foundational principles that have combined to make Americans who we are. Too many Americans are not taught or have forgotten that freedom and liberty are our rallying cry. It’s important to remember freedom, liberty, and our other foundational principles this Independence Day.”

“Over a million Americans have fought and died to bless us with liberty and freedom. I ask that we, on July 4th, remember their sacrifice and dedicate our efforts to their memory and the freedom and liberty we are so fortunate to enjoy.”

 

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Mount Rushmore Heroes Represent the Best of American Exceptionalism

2020/07/03

Washington, DC— Friday, as President Trump visits Mount Rushmore amid calls to alter, rename, and even abolish America’s national treasure, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) declared his fervent defense of American history, the Mount Rushmore monument, and historical statues against Socialist Democrats and racists hellbent on erasing American history and turning our great republic into a Socialist “utopia.”

Congressman Brooks is a cosponsor of H.R. 7358, the Mount Rushmore Protection Act by Congressman Dusty Johnson (SD-AL). This bill prohibits federal funds from being used to alter, change, destroy, or remove, in whole or in part, any name, face, or other feature on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Congressman Brooks said, “Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are exceptional American heroes. Each contributed monumentally to America’s greatness and share a common legacy of spreading freedom and liberty throughout the world. Their places on Mount Rushmore are well-deserved as exemplars of what it took to make America great, and efforts to denigrate their contributions are beyond reprehensible.”

Congressman Brooks emphasized the historical contributions of each Mount Rushmore figure, “Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, the document that officially kicked off America’s quest for independence. George Washington won the Revolutionary War, served as America’s first president, and set the high standards of honor and leadership that have molded the republic to this day. Teddy Roosevelt protected America’s beautiful and special lands for public enjoyment forever. Abraham Lincoln held our young nation together through the most tumultuous period in American history, freed the slaves and gave his life perfecting of union. These men represent the best of us. Generations of Americans have celebrated their contributions to our nation. They embody American exceptionalism, freedom and liberty.”

Brooks added, “With the exception of the Civil War, America has never faced greater internal threats. Socialist Democrats and racists, as evidenced by a recent Democrat National Committee tweet that said Mount Rushmore is 'glorifying white supremacy', are dead set on undermining American’s freedom and liberty. In a frenzy of delirious ‘wokeness’, Socialist Democrats and those who promote racial division are hellbent on destroying the very fabric of our republic.”

Brooks concluded, “I oppose the Socialist Democrat and racist efforts to deface and destroy Mount Rushmore. I have cosponsored H.R. 7358, the Mount Rushmore Protection Act. This bill would ensure that no federal funds are used to alter, change, destroy, or remove, in whole or in part, any name, face, or other feature on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.”

Prominent Democrat and Fake News media statements calling for the destruction of Mount Rushmore:

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Congressman Mo Brooks Improves & Supports FY21 NDAA in Armed Services Committee

2020/07/02

Washington, DC— Wednesday, after a 14-hour House Armed Services Committee (“HASC”) debate session, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “Yes” on H.R. 6395, the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”). HASC unanimously passed the FY21 NDAA.

The NDAA has passed Congress 59 consecutive years & authorizes Department of Defense programs. The full House of Representatives is expected to debate the FY21 NDAA in July.

Congressman Brooks said the following:

“The House Armed Services Committee’s yearlong national security policy process culminated in yesterday’s NDAA passage. Despite COVID19 and shutdown disruption, the Armed Services Committee successfully produced an FY21 NDAA that strengthens national security. The FY21 NDAA authorizes $731.6 billion in total defense spending; $662.6 billion is base budget military operations; $69 billion is overseas operations.”

“In particular, the FY21 NDAA strengthens national security by providing:

  • $1 billion to help America prepare for and defend against future pandemics;
  • 3% troop pay raise;
  • $600 million above the President’s Budget Request for science and technology and investments in critical emerging technology areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and biotechnology; and,
  • full funding for vital nuclear modernization programs to ensure that America’s nuclear deterrent—the cornerstone of America’s defense—is safe and reliable.”

“Each year the Redstone Arsenal military and contractor support community submits policy requests concerning America’s national security needs.

My office successfully helped insert 27 local policy requests into the NDAA that passed Armed Services. Seventeen of those policy requests were negotiated with HASC Chairman Adam Smith (D, WA-09) and included in the Chairman’s base bill. They include but are not limited to:

Army Aviation

  • Full funding for Apache helicopter modernization and advanced procurement. 
  • $136 million funding increase Chinook aircraft funding. 
  • Requiring a report on the Army’s efforts to develop and acquire enhanced systems to assist aircraft navigating with poor visibility.
  • $9.5 million funding increase for support testing of small additive manufacturing test articles to provide statistical data required for Army aviation airworthiness. 

Missile Defense

  • $106 million funding increase for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery.
  • $115 million funding increase for additional SM-3 Block IIA missiles. 
  • $130 million funding increase for the Homeland Defense Radar – Hawaii (HDR-H).

Miscellaneous

  • Provision adding companies that are entirely owned by an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) to the definition of ‘nontraditional defense contractor’ under the Other Transaction Authority. The Tennessee Valley is home to many ESOP companies and this helps them compete for DOD contracts, especially as they grow into larger businesses.
  • $45 million funding increase to support the Navy’s conversion of two Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF) to be Large Unmanned Surface Vehicle (LUSV) prototypes.
  • $7 million funding increase for a commercial satellite weather data pilot program, to dramatically increase the detail of atmospheric weather data and space weather data. The program will also improve forecasting ability for terrestrial weather and help us better understand the impact of space weather on our satellites.  
  • $20 million funding increase for the development of a heavy payload, solar powered, unmanned aerial system to allow the Department of Defense to maintain persistent intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance for more than 3 months, without needing to be refueled.
  • $32 million funding increase for the development of active protection system (APS) technologies for the Stryker vehicle. APS technologies allow vehicles to protect themselves against anti-tank guided missiles and other threats.
  • $10 million funding increase for software development necessary for the planning and execution of flight missions and tests of the Army’s Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW).
  • Provision supporting the Air Force’s plan for Phase 2 of the National Security Space Launch program.
  • $5 million funding increase for the development of alternative position, navigation, and timing and time transfer techniques. In the event of a loss or disruption of our space-based assets, it is essential to have alternate methods to communicate GPS-like data across Department of Defense systems.  
  • Requiring a report on continuity of care for abused spouses of service members.”

“In addition to the 17 policy requests negotiated into the Chairman’s base bill, another 10 amendments were added to the NDAA during the HASC debate. They include but are not limited to:

  • Requiring a briefing on efforts to improve tactical satellites and synthetic aperture radar data processing.
  • Requiring a briefing on the Missile Defense Agency’s efforts to develop a cyber-secure information technology infrastructure.
  • $10 million funding increase for development of a material property database to serve as a design resource for the U.S. government and industry involved in hypersonic weapon system design and development.
  • Requiring a briefing on the Army’s plan to incorporate artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques into development of its missile defense systems.
  • $5 million funding increase for virtual training environments for Army aviators and maintainers.
  • Requiring a briefing on how DOD will ensure that third-party assessors maintain confidentiality about any proprietary or non-public information they may have access to in course of conducting cyber certifications on DOD contractors.
  • Authorization for the Army to provide certain goods and services at Kwajalein Atoll.”

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Congressman Mo Brooks to Vote "No" on Socialist Democrats' $1.5 Trillion "Borrow & Spend" Boondoggle

2020/06/30

Washington, DC— Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he will vote “No” this week on H.R. 2, another financially reckless Socialist Democrat spending bill.

Congressman Brooks said, “Nancy Pelosi & her Socialist comrades are hellbent on destroying America. They won’t stop spending until America is bankrupt. They covet economic disaster so they can rebuild a Socialist America under the guise of providing economic relief. In this instance, Socialism comes cloaked as an infrastructure bill.”

Brooks continued, “The Socialists’ latest attempt to bankrupt America is a 2,300+ page bill, drafted behind closed doors by a select few, introduced just last week, that increases America's debt and deficits by $1.5 trillion! That's $1.5 trillion America doesn't have, has to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back. America's national debt blew through $23 trillion in November, $24 trillion in April, $25 trillion in May, and $26 trillion in June.”[1]

Brooks continued, “In April, the Congressional Budget Office ("CBO") estimated a fiscal year 2020 $3.7 trillion deficit — without including this $1.5 trillion monstrosity.[2]  Both the CBO and America's Comptroller General Gene Dodaro regularly describe America's financial state as 'unsustainable,' accounting language for insolvency and bankruptcy.” 

Brooks added, “Incredible as it may seem, even without this $1.5 trillion monstrosity, the federal government is on a course to spend roughly $50,000 per American household this year! Of course, that spending must first be taken from taxpayers in the form of higher taxes or greater debt. History proves you can't spend and borrow your way to prosperity. America is no exception.”

Brooks concluded, “Socialist Democrats call H.R. 2 an infrastructure bill. The fact is, the bill contains more that would impede infrastructure projects than spur them. The bill is chock full of new top-down, one size fits all Washington mandates and bureaucratic hurdles.”

H.R. 2 excesses include, but are not limited to:

  • $29.3 billion in grants and subsidies to Amtrak’s under-used intercity passenger rail service;
  • $500 million/year to pay ports to replace their cargo handling equipment;
  • Hundreds of billions for welfare and subsidies for public housing; and
  • Shifting funding from roads, streets, bridges and highways badly needed by red states like Alabama to subsidies of blue state inner-city mass transit programs."

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Congressman Mo Brooks Votes Against ObamaCare Expansion

2020/06/29

Washington, DC— Monday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on H.R. 1425, a Socialist Democrat bill to expand the failed ObamaCare law. H.R. 1425 passed the U.S. House on a 234-179 vote.

Congressman Brooks said, “ObamaCare is one of the worst boondoggles and failures ever foisted on the American people. Rather than ditch a bad law, Socialist Democrats seek to expand it, thus guaranteeing longer waits for worse health care at higher costs. I have voted dozens of times to repeal ObamaCare in part or in whole. Today, I voted ‘No’ on the Socialist Democrats’ using COVID19 to further socialize and hurt American healthcare.”

Brooks added, “America was founded on freedom and liberty. Our free-enterprise economic system has made America the most prosperous and powerful nation in world history. In 2009, prior to Obamacare, America had the world’s best healthcare system at much lower cost. Despite this, Socialist Democrats, in their quest to socialize medicine and force government bureaucrats between patients and their doctors, doubled down by bringing H.R. 1425 to the floor.  In sum, H.R. 1425 expands the worst of Obamacare while papering over Obamacare’s worst flaws.”

Brooks continued, “Socialist Democrats refuse to acknowledge ObamaCare’s worst flaws. A 2017 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that nationwide individual market premiums increased 105% – meaning ObamaCare more than doubled health insurance premium costs.[1] In dollar amounts, nationwide annual health insurance premiums rose on average $2,928 per policy. ObamaCare hurt Alabama more than any other state in America. In Alabama, health insurance costs increased a staggering and obscene 223%.[2] That is not a ‘first’ Alabama citizens want or can afford. Alabama’s skyrocketing health insurance costs severely undermine the ability of Alabama citizens to access healthcare and take care of their own families.”

Brooks concluded, “I’m thankful President Trump has stated he will veto H.R. 1425. H.R. 1425 deserves to die. H.R. 1425 spits on the Constitution and the free-enterprise system that has made America the most prosperous and powerful nation in world history. I support free-enterprise. I support liberty.  I support freedom.  I support health care decisions being made by patients and doctors, not unelected government bureaucrats in Washington, DC. I will fight tooth and nail every attempt to further socialize American health care. ”

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[1] https://aspe.hhs.gov/system/files/pdf/256751/IndividualMarketPremiumChanges.pdf

[2] https://www.al.com/news/2017/05/are_obamacare_premiums_increas.html

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Former Prosecutor Congressman Mo Brooks Votes Against Socialist Democrat Bill to Increase Federal Control Over Local Law Enforcement

2020/06/26

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on H.R. 7120, the Socialist Democrats’ effort for the federal government to gradually take over local law enforcement governance. Unfortunately, the bill passed 236-181.

Congressman Brooks said, “H.R. 7120 is premised on the belief that 435 Congressmen & 100 Senators & one president are collectively smarter than all of America’s city councilmen, mayors, county commissioners, sheriffs, legislators and governors. I reject that premise. I have worked with hundreds of local and state officials. I know from first-hand experience that Congress is NOT smarter than everyone else in America!”

Brooks continued, “Local government governs best. Citizens have far greater influence with local city councilmen, mayors, commissioners, legislators and even governors than they have with Congressmen, Senators and Presidents. For example, it is far easier to face or meet with a mayor than a president, a city councilman than a U.S. Senator.”

Brooks continued, “Washington’s ‘one size fits all’ approach is bad. If Washington gets it wrong, all of America suffers. It is far better for local and state officials to try different solutions for the problems America faces. Those local governments that get it wrong only hurt citizens in a localized area. Those that get it right become the model for the rest of America. And those that do get it wrong are more apt to discard a poor solution for a better one initiated by another local or state governing body.”

Brooks concluded, “The foregoing considered, I will be bipartisan and vote against the Republican alternative bill too. Both the Republican and Democrat bills undermine local and state government control over a local and state government problem.”

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Congressman Mo Brooks Votes to Uphold President Trump Veto of Bill that Would Increase College Costs

2020/06/26

Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted to sustain President Trump’s veto of H.J.Res. 76, a joint resolution that seeks to reinstate an Obama-era Department of Education rule that would increase costs for American higher education students and undermine their ability to make choices about their education. Congressman Brooks voted against H.J.Res. 76 when it originally came to the House Floor in January 2020.

Fortunately, in a 238-173 vote, Socialist Democrats failed to garner the 2/3rds vote needed to override President Trump’s veto. 

Congressman Brooks said, “H.J.Res. 76 reinstates an Obama-era Department of Education rule that increases costs for American students and undermines their ability to make choices about their education. The Trump Administration’s ‘Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability’ rule prescribes the process by which a borrower may have their federal student loan debt discharged if the institution they attended is found to have committed education fraud.”

Brooks concluded, “The Obama-era rule was over broad and resulted in taxpayers picking up the tab for far too much student loan debt. The Trump Administration rule also benefits students by extending the window during which they can qualify for loan discharge and encouraging schools to provide students with opportunities to complete their education.”

An excerpt from President Trump’s Veto Message to Accompany H.J.Res. 76 follows:

"American higher education must transform to better meet the needs of today’s students. My Administration stands ready to work with the Congress to foster the development of a more affordable, more flexible, and more innovative system of higher education that is better able to meet the educational needs of our students, and in which schools take on more responsibility for the success of the students who enroll in their programs."

"H.J. Res. 76 is a misguided resolution that would increase costs for American students and undermine their ability to make choices about their education in order to best meet their needs."

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Former Prosecutor Congressman Mo Brooks: Local Government Best Suited to Handle Local Law Enforcement Issues

2020/06/25

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he will vote “No” on H.R. 7120, the Socialist Democrats’ effort for the federal government to gradually take over local law enforcement governance.

Congressman Brooks said, “H.R. 7120 is premised on the belief that 435 Congressmen & 100 Senators & one president are collectively smarter than all of America’s city councilmen, mayors, county commissioners, sheriffs, legislators and governors. I reject that premise. I have worked with hundreds of local and state officials. I know from first-hand experience that Congress is NOT smarter than everyone else in America!”

Brooks continued, “Local government governs best. Citizens have far greater influence with local city councilmen, mayors, commissioners, legislators and even governors than they have with Congressmen, Senators and Presidents. For example, it is far easier to face or meet with a mayor than a president, a city councilman than a U.S. Senator.”

Brooks continued, “Washington’s ‘one size fits all’ approach is bad. If Washington gets it wrong, all of America suffers. It is far better for local and state officials to try different solutions for the problems America faces. Those local governments that get it wrong only hurt citizens in a localized area. Those that get it right become the model for the rest of America. And those that do get it wrong are more apt to discard a poor solution for a better one initiated by another local or state governing body.”

Brooks concluded, “The foregoing considered, I will be bipartisan and vote against both the Socialist Democrats’ H.R. 7120 and the Republican alternative because both bills undermine local and state government control over a local and state government problem.”

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Congressman Mo Brooks Praises NASA Renaming HQ Building After "Hidden Figures" Inspiration Mary Jackson

2020/06/25

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) praised NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s decision to name the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA and one of the “Hidden Figures”.

Congressman Brooks said, “Mary Jackson’s NASA career began in the segregated West Area Computing Unit where she and other African American women worked as ‘human computers’ and did calculations that contributed to NASA’s human space flight successes. Later in her career, Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA, lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA's science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. In 2019, Jackson was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The story of Jackson’s career was told in the 2016 Margot Lee Shetterly book ‘Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.’ The book was made into a popular movie that same year.”

Brooks concluded, “I love the Hidden Figures movie and book. They remind us of historical wrongs America must never revisit. Thank you NASA, and my friend NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, for recognizing Mary Jackson, a splendid example of American determination, intellect and patriotism!”

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Rep. Mo Brooks' Amendment to 2020 NASA Reauthorization Bill Passes Space Subcommittee

2020-01-29 19:50:03


Mo Brooks Emphasizes Ways to Maintain America's Technological Competitiveness in Science Committee

2020-01-29 16:23:23


Rep. Mo Brooks Advocates for SST Committee Passage of Bipartisan Space Weather Bill

2020-01-09 15:30:09


Rep. Mo Brooks Fights Deadly Socialized Medicine in House Floor Speech

2019-12-11 16:47:45


Rep. Mo Brooks Recognizes George Washington Carver's Legacy in House Floor Speech

2019-12-10 15:36:13


Rep. Mo Brooks Blasts Dems' Use of Tax Dollars to Conduct Opposition Research on Pres. Trump

2019-11-22 17:18:54


Rep. Mo Brooks Recognizes Alabama A&M University's 50th Anniversary in House Floor Speech

2019-11-13 15:54:09


Rep. Mo Brooks Fights for Openness in Illegitimate Impeachment Proceedings at News Conference

2019-10-23 15:23:41


Rep. Mo Brooks Welcomes Rev. Phil Waldrep of Decatur, Alabama as Guest Chaplain to the U.S. House

2019-10-17 16:21:41


Reverend Phil Waldrep Offers Opening Prayer for U.S. House of Representatives

2019-10-17 16:15:17


Rep. Mo Brooks Highlights NASA Experts' Conflicting "Artemis vs. Apollo" Views

2019-09-18 17:39:21


Rep. Mo Brooks & NASA Administrator Bridenstine Announce MSFC Will Lead Lunar Lander Design

2019-08-16 19:52:35


Rep. Mo Brooks on One America News: Mueller Hearing a "Dog and Pony Show"

2019-07-24 16:45:15


Rep. Mo Brooks Gives House Floor Speech Imploring Financial Responsibility Inspired by Interns

2019-07-24 15:30:07


Rep. Mo Brooks Fiercely Opposes Socialism in House Floor Remarks on Venezuela

2019-07-23 22:42:35


Rep. Mo Brooks Forcefully Argues that Securing the Border Will Raise American Wages

2019-07-17 17:03:44


Rep. Mo Brooks Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in House Floor Speech

2019-07-17 14:40:06


Rep. Brooks Warns of Dangers Posed by Open-Borders Refugee Policies

2019-07-16 14:44:00


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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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