Washington, DC— Thursday evening, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) signed the discharge petition for H.R. 336, the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. Socialist Democrats have been advocating and pushing a “boycott, divestment and sanctions” against Israel. H.R. 336 opposes the proposed boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
If 218 U.S. House of Representatives members sign the discharge petition, there will be a House floor vote on H.R. 336.
Congressman Brooks said, “As a strong supporter of Israel, I seek a House vote on H.R. 336, a bill that prevents Socialist Democrats from forcing a ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions’ effort against Israel. Simply stated, this proposed boycott, divestment and sanctions effort against Israel is anti-Semitic and a Palestinian-led effort to destroy Israel. Israel is the only democracy and America’s strongest reliable ally in the Middle East. America must stand with Israel against these groundless and vicious BDS attacks.”
Brooks concluded, “Companion legislation to H.R. 336 passed the U.S. Senate in February by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 77-23. Yet, Socialist Democrats in the House, so far, refuse to hold a vote on H.R. 336. Socialist Democrat opposition confirms a growing concern, that Socialist Democrats are more and more often becoming openly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. I’m hopeful the H.R. 336 discharge petition will garner 218 signatures so Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be forced to hold a vote on this important bill.”
Washington, DC— Monday evening, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) hosted a reception at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in honor of this year’s 5th Congressional District appointees to the U.S. Service Academies. Thirteen outstanding men and women were selected to represent the Tennessee Valley at the Coast Guard Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, West Point, and Marion Military Institute (via a U.S. Naval Academy scholarship and a U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Scholarship).
Left to right: Joshua Fields, Gerald Moore II, Mitchell Bedard, Elijah Madkins, Andrew Schad, Congressman Mo Brooks, Jonathan Gubert, Brock McNutt, Dianna Boyer, Thomas Blake Mitchell
Not Pictured: Riley Cushing, Avery Dollarhide, Christopher Stokes, Gerard McCarron
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Congressman Mo Brooks said, “Alabama’s 5th Congressional District is fortunate to claim thirteen outstanding students who have received appointments to the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, West Point, and Marion Military Institute. Congratulations to these exceptional scholars, athletes, and leaders who have chosen to serve our country. I’m immensely proud of this high-achieving group of students and wish them well as they embark on this next phase of life.”
AL-05 U.S. Service Academy Appointees for 2019:
U.S. Air Force Academy Appointees:
Avery Dollarhide, Sparkman H.S. (Currently on active duty in South Korea—Air Force)
Joshua Fields, Florence H.S.
U.S. Naval Academy Appointee:
Riley Cushing, Alabama School for Math & Science
U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Appointees:
Mitchell Bedard, Bob Jones H.S.
Dianna Boyer, St. John Paul II Catholic H.S.
Jonathan Gubert, Sparkman H.S.
Elijah Madkins, Bob Jones H.S.
Gerald Moore, II, St. John Paul II Catholic H.S.
Gerard McCarron, St. John Paul II Catholic H.S.
Thomas Blake Mitchell, Randolph School
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Appointee:
Andrew Schad, Madison Academy
Received U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Scholarship to attend Marion Military Institute:
Brock McNutt, James Clemens H.S.
Received U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Scholarship to attend Marion Military Institute:
Christopher Stokes, St. John Paul II Catholic H.S.
On background, applicants to all service academies, except the United States Coast Guard Academy, are required to obtain a nomination. Nominating sources include the President, the Vice President, Senators, and members of the House of Representatives. Congressman Brooks established a nominating board to review applications, interview prospective candidates, and make the final selection of 5th Congressional District nominees to be submitted to the academies. Nominations are determined using the competitive method with all nominees submitted unranked to the academies, allowing equal opportunity for each candidate nominated from the district.
Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on H.R. 2157, the so-called disaster relief appropriations bill. H.R. 2157 passed the U.S. House of Representatives 257-150.
Congressman Brooks said, “America’s debt recently blew through the $22 trillion mark. The Congressional Budget Office projects an $897 billion budget deficit for FY 2019 and a string of trillion dollar a year deficits that begin in FY 2022 and only end after America has slid into a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy. Yet, today, the House of Representatives passed (without my vote) H.R. 2157, a bill that includes $17.5 billion in new spending, all paid for with money America doesn’t have, has to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back.”
Brooks continued, “On top of all the financially irresponsible deficit spending, H.R. 2157 contains a myriad of bad, Socialist Democrat policies unrelated to the purported purpose of the bill, disaster recovery, that cost American taxpayers roughly $2 billion.”
Brooks concluded, “Instead of working with President Trump to configure a bipartisan bill he will sign, Socialist Democrats rammed through this bill that is chock-full of non-disaster related spending. And, all this spending comes despite the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) currently containing $29 billion, more than enough funds to cover the upfront disaster relief cost proposed by this legislation. Importantly, in another attempt to undermine the President’s attempts to secure America’s porous southern border, Socialist Democrats included a provision in the bill prohibiting any funds from going to border security.”
President Trump tweeted his opposition to the bill last night, saying:
Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) signed the discharge petition for H.Res. 132, a resolution calling for consideration of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (NY-14) “Green Raw Deal.” If 218 U.S. House of Representatives members sign the discharge petition, there will be a House floor vote on the Green Raw Deal legislation.
Congressman Brooks said, “I signed the discharge petition on the so-called Green Raw Deal to force Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a vote on this absurdity advocated so long and so often by Socialist Democrats. While I’m all for having a vote on the Green Raw Deal, let me be very clear: I will vote to kill it! The American people deserve to know where their Congressional representatives stand on the heavy burden and costs of the Green Raw Deal.”
Brooks continued, “So far, 89 congressmen have signed the discharge petition for the Green Raw Deal. Remarkably, not one Socialist Democrat cosponsor of the Green Raw Deal has joined our discharge petition to force a floor vote. What are supporters of the Green Raw Deal afraid of? If they support the Green Raw Deal they ought to want to vote on it.”
Brooks continued, “The Green Raw Deal is a vague manifesto of radical Socialist Democrat policies that promises ‘massive government intervention’ and the ‘economic transformation’ of America. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who directed the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office from 2003 to 2005, estimates the Green Raw Deal will cost between $51 trillion and $93 trillion over 10-years. $93 trillion equates to $600,000 per household. If every American household earning more than $100,000 were taxed at a 100% rate for 10 years, Socialist Democrats would still fall more than $32 trillion short of paying for the Green Raw Deal. Yet, this is what 93 House Socialist Democrats and 12 Socialist Democrat Senators stand for.”
Brooks continued, “The Green Raw Deal's central theme is that climate change is such an imminent and catastrophic problem that we need to use every resource possible to combat it. This is unproven by science. To the contrary, Green Raw Deal advocates are really akin to the ‘Flat Earthers’ of the Dark Ages who ignored real science and insisted the earth was flat because that is what popular opinion insisted it was.”
Brooks continued, “I serve on the Science, Space and Technology Committee. I am familiar with what REAL science says about climate change. For starters, Earth’s climate has consistently changed since the earth was born more than four billion years ago. So, climate change today is not new nor should it be unexpected to anyone familiar with earth’s history. Global warming alarmists claim sea levels are rising and have risen 8 to 9 inches over the past century. Scary stuff? Yes and no. Yes, because any sea level rise risks coastal communities. No, because the past century’s sea level rise is, on average, only one-third of the sea level rise average of two feet per century over the past 20,000 years!”
Brooks concluded, “Frankly, members of Congress who support the Green Raw Deal are dangerous and ought to be embarrassed to support such bad legislation.”
Washington, DC— Thursday, in a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) field diversity, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) emphasized the strong correlation between children born out-of-wedlock and fewer STEM field college degrees. Congressman Brooks shared Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) data on the percent of out-of-wedlock births by racial group versus Department of Education data on the number of STEM degrees as a percent of all degrees obtained by racial group. The correlation is both startling and troubling.
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The data reveals:
American Subgroup: Out-of-Wedlock births: Percent of Degrees in STEM Fields:
Asian American 17% (the best, #1 rank) 33% (the best, #1 rank)
Caucasian American 29% (#2 rank) 18% (#2 rank)
Hispanic American 53% (#3 rank) 15% (#3 rank)
Native American 66% (#4 rank) 14% (#4 rank)
African American 73% (the worst, #5 rank) 12% (the worst, #5 rank)
Congressman Brooks said, “When talking about STEM field diversity, we cannot ignore the correlation between strong families and desired education outcomes. Government data broken down by racial group shows that the higher the rate of out-of-wedlock births, the lower the number of STEM degrees conferred, and vice-versa. Essentially, those children born out-of-wedlock are less likely to obtain STEM degrees. Conversely, children born into strong, two-parent family environments are much more likely to obtain a STEM degree that opens the door to much higher paying jobs. If we as a society want diversity in high-paying, STEM jobs, we must examine how we can best strengthen families by repealing government policies that encourage out-of-wedlock births.”
A transcript from video of Congressman Brooks’ committee questioning follows:
Brooks: I’ve got some facts I want to give. I don’t know if we are going to have time for a question or not. But, this is rather troubling to me, and I just did this research while I was sitting here. One was a comment by Don Lemon that PolitiFact then analyzed and it was out-of-wedlock births and then looking at STEM and degrees and which races are going into STEM and it seems that there’s an unusual correlation. Let me run through it, Asian-Americans they are number one with the lowest number of out-of-wedlock births …. at 17% out-of-wedlock birth. They are also number one in terms of number of STEM degrees at 33% of the degrees that are given out to Asian-Americans. Caucasian-Americans were number two in out-of-wedlock births at 29% and then number two in STEM degrees at 18%. Hispanic-Americans were number three in out-of-wedlock birth at 53% and number three in the STEM degrees at 15%. Native-Americans were number four in out-of-wedlock births at 66% and number four in STEM degrees at 14% and then African-Americans were number five at 73% out-of-wedlock births— and that’s what caused PolitiFact to look into Don Lemon’s statements because that’s what he said— and number five in STEM degrees. I hope that we can somehow or another as a body, madam chair, also look into this societal issue and see what can be done given this rather startling correlation between out-of-wedlock births and then people who then go thereafter into STEM degrees.
The data Congressman Brooks shared on the number of out-of-wedlock births by racial group is from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that PolitiFact summarized in the below chart.
The data Congressman Brooks shared with the committee on the number of STEM degrees as a percent of all degrees obtained by racial group is from the U.S. Department of Education Center for Education Statistics. The below chart summarizes the data.
Washington, DC— Thursday, in a House Science, Space, and Technology Committee hearing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) field diversity, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) welcomed and praised Dr. Mae Jemison as a heroic role-model. Dr. Jemison is a Tennessee Valley native, born in Decatur, and Huntsville’s Jemison High School is named after her. Dr. Jemison is a renowned American engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut. Notably, she is America’s first African-American female astronaut.
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A transcript from video of Congressman Brooks’ committee questioning follows:
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Brooks: In the Tennessee Valley of Alabama— home of the Marshall Space Flight Center— we like to call ourselves the birthplace of America’s space program. And, Dr. Jemison, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that to us you are a hero and role model having come from… Decatur, your birthplace, which is in the Tennessee Valley and we also named a high school after you, Jemison High School, just a few years ago. So, that gives you an idea how highly we think of you and everything you’ve done in your personal life and in your professional career. I’d be remiss, though, if I didn’t add that I’m a Trekkie and knocking the ball out of the ballpark was when I found out you also were on a roll of Star Trek “Second Chances.” So, that’s really cool, okay. With that is a little bit of a back drop here’s a question for you if you don’t mind. In your testimony you highlight the demand skilled technical workers and STEM jobs that do not required a four year degree. You also mentioned that women and underrepresented minorities are frequently unaware and left out of pathways to these careers. What can be done to improve the awareness and participation in these programs and is there a role for industry to play?
Jemison: Thank you very much for the question, and I do, my father worked on Redstone Arsenal as a roofer before I was born, so he was part of it too. Thank you for the question about skilled technicians and skilled labor, which actually do represent the majority of the STEM workforce. And, in addition to that, they are very high-paying jobs, and women very frequently do not know about them and we also have a workforce shortage in those areas. What can we do? We can first of all make people aware of them by actually having those jobs represented in television programs. When we talk about this, right now, we always talk about four-year degrees. I was busily writing notes about that. We talk about four year degrees, we talk about academia, but the workforce that actually built the shuttle were not four-year degree engineers they were skilled technicians. So, we need to make sure that those jobs are represented. Then, we have to make sure I believe that community colleges have the ability to do vocational work and are not seen as sort of a remedial place for what was not done in high school so that people can get into four-year colleges. Actually, community college do incredible work with training technicians. Vocational education in high school could also be a pathway for people seeing and understanding what are some of the job that are available to them. And, I just want to go back to something that is really clear, during World War II, women fulfilled many of the jobs that were considered masculine jobs from you know that iconic image of Rosie the Riveter. They also were the ones who transported airplanes around. We need to understand that women can do not only the bio-technician jobs, but they can also to the jobs that’s in mechanical, welding, and building aircrafts. Those things are important so thank you for that question, but we need to get that out front and keep it in our eyesight.
Washington, DC— Wednesday, in a House Floor speech, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) quoted extensively from Cuban refugee Enrique Padron’s powerful New York Post Op-Ed entitled “Hey, Democrats: Here’s the price I paid for your socialist dream.” Padron, a congressional staffer for Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), experienced Socialism’s evils first hand growing up in Communist Cuba.
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video of Congressman Brooks’ floor speech
Full text of Congressman Brooks’ speech follows:
Mr. Speaker, Socialist Democrats advocate dictatorial and guaranteed-to-fail Socialism over liberty and the free enterprise economic system that has created America’s prosperity.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines evil as “morally reprehensible,” “causing harm,” or “pernicious.” By that definition, Socialism is evil and anyone in America who supports Socialism supports evil.
Enrique Padron recently published an editorial in the New York Post entitled “Hey, Democrats: Here’s the price I paid for your socialist dream.” It is such a revealing testament of the evils of Socialism that today I read it, in part, into the Congressional Record.
[Quote] “American Democrats are pining ever more loudly for socialism these days, for “free” education, “free” health care and much else.
Let me tell you about socialism as I lived it under the Fidel Castro regime.
The house where I was born in Communist Cuba had a dirt floor, a bathroom hole-in-the-ground, which we shared with six other families, and a zinc roof that left us unbearably hot in the summer and shivering in the winter.
We had no running water, no refrigerator and no door in the back of the house. We cooked with charcoal. My mother raised four boys by herself in that “house,” working 12 hours a day to earn 160 Cuban pesos, or approximately $6, a month.
Why didn’t we fix it? In addition to the meager income, we had no access to hardware stores to buy nails or cement to fix our humble house. In fact, the local member of the National Assembly was the only person authorized to approve whether we could buy a bag of cement or a roll of roof paper — if they were available.
We couldn’t buy these simple materials without that precious piece of paper. Can you imagine going to your congressional representative to ask for permission to buy a box of nails? Or roof tiles? Or roof paper? It seems unthinkable in the United States. But in Cuba, where we lacked the necessities of life, we had to. And when we complained, the authorities scolded us to be grateful for free education and free health care.
In Cuba, it is illegal to speak against the government or complain about living conditions. We were prohibited from speaking with local media, but the journalists were state employees and wouldn’t publish our stories anyway. We couldn’t express our unmet needs and were reminded that we shouldn’t complain anyway, because we were promised — you guessed it — free education and free health care.
In Cuba, doctors make the equivalent of 25 cents an hour and teachers 21 cents an hour. Pharmacists earn eight cents an hour.
In Cuba, there is no right to free speech and virtually no independent media.
There are no free, fair, multiparty elections. In fact, there is just one political party (Communist), and only members of the Communist Party may run as candidates for any office. But we were told we couldn’t object to this system, lest we lose our free education and free health care.
In Cuba, if you dare to yell something true — like “Fidel and Raul are dictators!” — you could spend many years in prison. Dictatorship is another price we had to pay for free education and free health care.
I desperately needed something more than the promises of free education and free health care. I knew that I needed freedom — freedom to speak my mind and vote my conscience. It was worth the risk of being eaten by sharks than to continue living a life with no purpose and no freedom.
On August 16, 1994, I decided to get into a boat with 20 other Cubans in search of a future.
One of my two brothers followed me to the United States, also in a raft, nearly dying of thirst and hunger during the journey. My other brother is still awaiting the visa I filed for him.
After arriving in the United States, I worked as an international sales manager, owned a restaurant, hosted a radio program and authored two books. Today, I work for a member of Congress. None of those opportunities would have been possible for me in socialist Cuba.
I wish that one day I might have a conversation with some of these young American socialists, who have no experience with actually existing socialism. They like to think they can have democracy and a socialist economy. But everywhere it’s been implemented, public ownership of the means of production has led to political repression.
Not least in my native Cuba, with its promises of “free” cradle-to-grave services.
I chose so much more than the promise of “free.” I chose freedom.” [End Quote]
Mr. Speaker, Enrique Pardon has shared his first-hand experience with the suffering, depravity, and evils of Socialism in Cuba.
Americans should heed his words. Free enterprise is about liberty and freedom. Socialism is about poverty and slavery to the ruling class.
I yield back.
Washington, DC— Tuesday evening, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was honored to receive the American Conservative Union’s (“ACU”) Conservative Achievement Award for his 2018 voting record upholding America’s foundational principles and free-enterprise economic system. Congressman Brooks’ 2018 ACU rating was 38 percentage points higher than the average U.S. House of Representatives member and 7 percentage points higher than the average Republican U.S. House of Representatives member.
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Congressman Brooks with Chairman Matt Schlapp and Executive Director Dan Schneider of the American Conservative Union
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Congressman Brooks said, “The American Conservative Union (“ACU”) is one of America’s oldest and most revered conservative organizations. I’m proud to receive ACU’s Conservative Achievement Award for my 2018 voting record upholding America’s foundational principles and free-enterprise economic system. With the onslaught of radical socialist policies sweeping through Washington, it’s more important than ever to fight for the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution, and America First policies that have combined to make America the greatest nation in world history. I’m proud to have ACU as an ally in the fight.”
ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp said, “Members of Congress who score better than 80% on the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Annual Rating of Congress earn our Award for Conservative Achievement. As a 2018 recipient of our Conservative Achievement Award, Congressman Mo Brooks proves that he can be counted on to support conservative policy solutions on issues ranging from protecting the lives of the Unborn to border security and immigration reform. His constituents in Alabama’s Fifth District can be proud knowing that they have reliable conservative representation in the U.S. House.”
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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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