Mo Brooks

Mo Brooks

ALABAMA's 5th DISTRICT

Brooks Introduces Anti-Socialism Resolution as Counter to Socialist Democrat Attacks on Free-Enterprise

2019/03/22

Washington, DC— Thursday afternoon, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) introduced a House anti-Socialism resolution amid unprecedented Socialist Democrat attacks on free-enterprise, the economic system that has resulted in America’s unprecedented prosperity and made America the greatest nation in world history.

Original cosponsors: Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05), Congressman Mark Green (TN-07), Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04), Congressman Alex Mooney (WV-02), Congressman Scott Perry (PA-10), Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04), and Congressman Steve King (IA-04).

Congressman Brooks said, “Socialist Democrat Party leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently proclaimed ‘I’m the boss’[1] and absurdly claimed that ‘capitalism is irredeemable.’[2] Ocasio-Cortez is a card-carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America[3] and has introduced Green New Deal legislation that promises ‘massive government intervention’ and the ‘economic transformation’ of America.[4] Both claims are true. But who, other than Socialist Democrats, think it is a good thing to ‘transform’ a wealthy America into a poor America that can’t feed or clothe its poor? The claim that freedom and liberty should give way to government control and dictatorial Socialism is astonishing, sad, and alien to the America I know.”

Brooks continued, “The argument that socialism is better than free-enterprise is not only a betrayal of America’s foundational principles of freedom and liberty, it is also dangerous and must be dealt with quickly and severely. History is replete with examples of dead or dying nations that have paid a heavy price for succumbing to Socialist politicians who cared more about personal and dictatorial power, who cared more about being ‘the Boss,’ than the welfare of their own people.”

Brooks continued, “Venezuela’s economic and humanitarian catastrophe is a present-day, glaring example that warns all tempted by the siren song of Socialism. The result of Venezuela’s Socialism:

  • Thousands of Venezuelans are dying from malnutrition, disease, and lack of food and medicine[5]
  • 7,523 civilians murdered due to clashes with military and state police forces[6]
  • Mothers are forced to choose which child to feed and which child goes hungry[7]
  • The average Venezuelan lost 24 pounds in 2017 because they could not get the calories necessary to maintain their body weight[8]
  • Venezuelans are searching for food in trash cans and are fortunate if they can eat once a day[9]
  • Suicide rates have skyrocketed to almost twice the global suicide rate[10]
  • 2018’s inflation rate soared to 80,000%[11]
  • Nearly 90% of the population is living below the poverty line[12]
  • Electricity is unreliable, as Venezuela’s capital city, Caracas, suffers from sporadic, total power failures[13]
  • According to a 2018 report by the World Economic Forum, Venezuela is the second most dangerous country in the world,[14] with Caracas coming in as the second most dangerous city overall with 111 homicides per 100,000 residents[15]
  • Thousands of Venezuelans are fleeing as refugees to neighboring countries that cannot take care of them.[16]”

 

Brooks concluded, “History has proven time and again that Socialism is evil. Socialism has caused untold human suffering and death in countries that have been seduced by its siren song. It is working people who bear the brunt of Socialism’s evils while ruling dictatorial politicians line their pockets and live high on the hog. Implementing Socialism in America would ruin the greatest nation in world history. The House should reject Socialism outright by passing this important resolution.”

 

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[1] https://thehill.com/homenews/house/433394-ocasio-cortez-capitalism-is-irredeemable

[2] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/aoc-to-critics-of-green-new-deal-im-the-boss-until-you-try

[3] https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/6/27/17509604/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-democratic-socialist-of-america

[4] https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%22green+new+deal%22%7D&r=2&s=3

[5] Rendon, Moises, and Mark L Schneider. “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Now a Regional Humanitarian Disaster.” Center for Strategic and International Studies, 23 March 2018. https://www.csis.org/analysis/venezuelas-crisis-now-regional-humanitarian-disaster

[6] “OVV-LACSO: Annual Violence Report 2018.” Observatorio Venezolan De Violencia, Jan. 2019. https://observatoriodeviolencia.org.ve/ovv-lacso-informe-anual-de-violencia-2018/

[7]  Singer, Florantonia. “Venezuelan’s Going to Bed Hungry as Food Crisis Deepens.” El Pais, 23 Feb. 2018. https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/23/inenglish/1519384349_718243.html  

[8] Id.

[9] Id.

[10] Rosati, Andrew. “Suicides Surge in a Hopeless Venezuela.” Bloomberg , 24 Oct. 2018.  10.5% global suicide rate.  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-24/suicides-surge-in-a-hopeless-venezuela   

[11] Hanke, Steve. “Venezuela’s Hyperinflation Hits 80,000% Per Year in 2018.” Forbes, 6 March. 2018. https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevehanke/2019/01/01/venezuelas-hyperinflation-hits-80000-per-year-in-2018/#43fce9324572

[12] Rendon, Moises, and Mark L Schneider. “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Now a Regional Humanitarian Disaster.” Center for Strategic and International Studies, 23 March 2018. https://www.csis.org/analysis/venezuelas-crisis-now-regional-humanitarian-disaster

[13] No End in Sight to Venezuela’s Blackout, Experts Warn, March 11, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/world/americas/venzuela-blackout-maduro.html

[14] Foster, Caitlin. “These are the World’s 20 Most Dangerous Countries, and Photos Showing what Life is Like There.” 1 Nov. 2018. Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/what-life-is-like-in-some-of-the-worlds-most-dangerous-countries-2018-10

[15] Woody, Christopher. “These Were the 50 Most Violent Cities in the World in 2017.” Business Insider , 6 Mar. 2018. https://www.businessinsider.com/most-violent-cities-in-the-world-2018-3

[16] Id.

 

 

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Brooks: Military Bases—Including Redstone Arsenal—Should Be Allowed to Retain Base-Produce Electricity During Emergencies

2019/03/14

Washington, DC— Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) questioned witnesses in a House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee hearing on military readiness in the face of severe weather events. Brooks highlighted the legal and physical inability of military bases, including Redstone Arsenal, to keep and use electricity produced on their bases to keep mission-critical facilities operating. Brooks did so in an effort to empower military bases to use their own electricity generation facilities when severe weather requires.

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video of Congressman Brooks’ questioning

 

Hearing witnesses:

David W Titley, Rear Admiral USN (ret.)

Professor of Practice in Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University

Director, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk

 

Sharon Burke

Senior Advisor

International Security Program and Resource Security Program

 

Nicolas Loris

Herbert and Joyce Morgan Fellow in Energy and Environmental Policy

Center for Free Markets and Regulatory Reform

 

Full transcript of Congressman Brooks’ questioning follows:

Congressman Brooks: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As a quick overview, I hope that y’all will do your part in making sure that the military understands that over the past century sea levels have risen approximately eight to nine inches which is one third of the average century rise over the last 20,000 years. Over the last 20,000 years, the average rise per century has been two feet versus that one third over the past century which is about eight or nine inches. So, hopefully our military facilities will anticipate based on history that there will be future sea level rises they need to anticipate. And, we can get into why it is only one third now versus what it was over the entire 20,000-year period. But, I think one thing is pretty sure is that sea levels are likely to rise perhaps for a variety of reasons. Now to my comment and question on a different matter. Over the past decade, many domestic military bases have been ordered to install very costly energy projects on their property, including solar fields, wind farms, and biomass facilities. In theory, the ability to produce energy on military bases should increase their resiliency by insulating them from the adverse impacts of electricity grids going down due to weather related events or, in the event of a conflict, insulate them from cyber attacks targeting vulnerable local electricity grids. Ensuring our mission critical facilities have access to electricity power is a worthy goal. However, merely producing power on a military base does not necessarily achieve this goal. We must also have the physical mechanisms that permit transmission of the energy produced on military bases to the base’s own mission critical facilities. There are many instances where the energy produced on military bases is not well utilized due to energy or fuel storage issues or insufficient control systems. In other words, in the event of an emergency the military bases are unable to retain the energy produced on their property in a reliable and predictable way. Admiral Titley, with that as backdrop, in your opinion, is the Department of Defense investing enough in physical mechanisms to direct that energy that is produced on military bases be available for base mission critical facilities?

Admiral Titley: Thank you, sir, for the question. The details of energy management is not my area of expertise. I was the not the facilities guy. I was the weather guy.

Congressman: Alright then Ms. Burke or Mr. Loris do you have any insight to share on whether the military should have the ability to utilize for its own bases the electrical power that it is produced on its own bases?

Mrs. Burke: Well sir, the department has 28 million acres under management and half a million structures so, there’s not going to be a one size fits all answer to that question. But, if you have a specific place in mind where that is a problem then yes. I think that there are definitely risks and threats that require that kind of management, but I think it’s very site dependent.

Mr. Loris: I think they do need that in many installations. Part of the problem is that the national security justifications for some of these projects are very nebulous and you don’t have to really describe in too much detail why you are making these investments. There was a government accountability office report from I think 2016 that looked at a number of different installations that made renewable investments. I think it was 17, so kind of a relatively small sample size. Seven of them had said that they could supply power without the commercial grid that you know if the grid went offline then they would have the ability to supply that power. But only two of them actually had that ability. The others needed far more investments. Fort Benning was one where they needed $30 million in investments. Camp Lejeune was another one where they needed $48 million in additional investment to actually provide power if the commercial grid went offline. And so, I think that speaks the kind of the broader challenge and problem here is, one, you’re talking about more costs and maybe those benefits of national security in having power when the grid is offline justifies those costs, but there needs to be, I think, more concrete definitions and justifications as to why these investments are being made for national security purposes.

Congressman Brooks: My reservation was the discovery that while the military bases may produce electricity, it goes to the general power grid in the surrounding areas and that the military doesn’t have the ability in every instance to retain it for military use if an emergency should arise.

Mr. Loris: Right and that was the issue with Fort Benning is that they needed $30 million more to invest in battery storage technology to keep that power on the base and so if, even if the commercial grid went out, that power that they’re producing at the base is effectively useless without that battery storage or any type of energy storage system as well as the distribution capabilities to get it to the rest of the base.

Admiral Titley: Storage is expensive.

Mrs. Burke: Congressman and now I add, now I understand better. Yes, you’re absolutely right that there are places like Nellis Air Force Base which had a large solar field that originally when it was built only returned electricity they just use the land and returned electricity. Although again, Nellis did not pay for the development of that solar field. Ideally, you would use that kind of financing and return the power to the grid but then in an outage the power from the solar would be dedicated to the base and that just reflects that different priorities at the time that it was built, which were on cost savings and on ways to leverage the private sector for some of those cost savings. Now I think, for some time now, we’ve been looking at resilience as a driving concern.

 

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Brooks Votes to Make Mueller Report Public, Supports Transparency

2019/03/14

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “Yes” on H.Con.Res. 24, legislation expressing the sense of Congress that the report of Special Counsel Mueller should be made available to the public and to Congress. H.Con.Res. 24 passed the House 420-0.

Congressman Brooks said, “The American people deserve to know what the $25 million Mueller investigation uncovered.[1] The FBI investigation began more than 2 ½ years ago. The Mueller segment of that investigation is in its 22nd month. Frankly, the costly Mueller probe should have ended months ago. The Mueller Report should be made public so that the public can judge for itself if alleged Russian election interference convinced a single American to change his or her vote in 2016.”

Brooks concluded, “No Americans have stated they were fooled by the Russians into voting for Donald Trump. Yet, American taxpayers have been forced to fund the futile Mueller probe. Nancy Pelosi admitted Monday that Socialist Democrats have failed to produce any persuasive evidence of an impeachable offense by President Trump.[2] For the last 2 ½ years, Socialist Democrats have perpetrated a scam on the American people in an attempt to delegitimize President Trump. They have shamelessly stopped at nothing to see the duly elected President of the United States removed from office. It is time the American people learn the full facts of the Mueller probe so we can put this regrettable period behind us.”

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[1] https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/14/mueller-investigation-cost-25-million-in-first-16-months-report.html

[2] https://brooks.house.gov/media-center/news-releases/brooks-applauds-speaker-pelosi-admission-insufficient-evidence-impeach

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Brooks Calls "Boss" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Socialism Support "Economic Ignorance!"

2019/03/12

Washington, DC— Tuesday, prompted by recent Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacks on free enterprise, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) delivered a forceful House floor speech that warned of the human suffering caused by Socialism evils and called on Americans to reject self-proclaimed dictators and “bosses” who seek to deprive Americans of their hard-fought and hard-won liberties and freedoms.

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video of Congressman Brooks’ floor speech

Full text of Congressman Brooks’ speech follows:

Mr. Speaker, a prominent American Socialist politician recently proclaimed that "capitalism is irredeemable."[1]

Mr. Speaker, capitalism, better known as free enterprise, is based on freedom, and liberty, not government dictate. 

The claim that freedom and liberty should give way to government control and dictatorship is astonishing, sad, and alien to the America that I know.

It is a betrayal of the freedom and liberty Americans have fought and died for, a freedom that has given America the best Gross Domestic Product . . . the most wealth, of any nation in history!

In sum, the argument that free enterprise is bad and “irredeemable” is the height of economic hubris, economic ignorance and economic stupidity!

Mr. Speaker, it is one thing for an argument to be economically ignorant and stupid, it is another thing for it to be dangerous to human life.  In that vein, the argument that socialism is better than free enterprise is not only a betrayal of America’s foundational principles of freedom and liberty, it is also dangerous and must be dealt with quickly and severely.

History is replete with examples of dead or dying nations that have paid a heavy price for succumbing to socialist politicians who cared more about personal and dictatorial power, who cared more about being “the Boss”, than the welfare of their own people.

For those who choose to not learn from history, I suggest reading George Orwell’s prophetic book, the “Animal Farm.”  It explains all you need to know about how and why Socialism fails, and who rules in a Socialist society.

Venezuela’s economic and humanitarian catastrophe is a present-day, glaring lesson that warns all tempted by the siren song of Socialism.

Thousands of Venezuelans are dying from malnutrition, disease, and lack of food and medicine.[2]

The result?  Deadly riots.  In 2018 alone, a staggering 7,523 civilians were murdered due to clashes with military and state police forces.[3] 

Mothers are forced to choose which child to feed and which child goes hungry.[4] 

In 2017, The average Venezuelan lost 24 pounds because they could not get the calories necessary to maintain their body weight.[5] 

Today, there are Venezuelans searching for food in trash cans who are fortunate if they can eat once a day.[6]

As Venezuelans lose hope, suicide rates has skyrocketed to almost twice the global suicide rate.[7]

Venezuela’s socialist economy has collapsed.  2018’s inflation rate soared to 80,000 percent.[8]  Nearly 90 percent of the population is living below the poverty line.[9]

Even electricity is unreliable, as Caracas suffers from sporadic, total power failures, casting Venezuela’s capital city into darkness.[10]

Worse yet, Venezuela’s socialism promotes crime and lawlessness by desperate citizens. 

According to a 2018 report by the World Economic Forum, Venezuela is the second most dangerous country in the world,[11] with Caracas coming in as the second most dangerous city overall with 111 homicides per 100,000 residents.[12]

Venezuela’s suffering even extends beyond its borders, as thousands of refugees flee to neighboring countries that can’t take care of them.[13] 

Venezuela is a man-made catastrophe brought about by tyrannical dictators and self-proclaimed “bosses” that are always the result of socialist policies.

Mr. Speaker, America must learn from Venezuela, a country that succumbed to evil Socialist sales pitches even though history proves Socialism has failed every single time. I urge my colleagues, and America, to reject Socialism, lest America go down the same path of financial self-destruction as Venezuela.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, I urge America to reject self-proclaimed dictators and bosses who seek to deprive America of our hard-fought and hard-won freedom and liberty.

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[1] https://thehill.com/homenews/house/433394-ocasio-cortez-capitalism-is-irredeemable;

[2] Rendon, Moises, and Mark L Schneider. “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Now a Regional Humanitarian Disaster.” Center for Strategic and International Studies, 23 March 2018. https://www.csis.org/analysis/venezuelas-crisis-now-regional-humanitarian-disaster

[3] “OVV-LACSO: Annual Violence Report 2018.” Observatorio Venezolan De Violencia, Jan. 2019. https://observatoriodeviolencia.org.ve/ovv-lacso-informe-anual-de-violencia-2018/

[4]  Singer, Florantonia. “Venezuelan’s Going to Bed Hungry as Food Crisis Deepens.” El Pais, 23 Feb. 2018. https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/02/23/inenglish/1519384349_718243.html   

[5] Id.

[6] Id.

[7] Rosati, Andrew. “Suicides Surge in a Hopeless Venezuela.” Bloomberg , 24 Oct. 2018.  10.5% global suicide rate.  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-24/suicides-surge-in-a-hopeless-venezuela    

[8] Hanke, Steve. “Venezuela’s Hyperinflation Hits 80,000% Per Year in 2018.” Forbes, 6 March. 2018. https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevehanke/2019/01/01/venezuelas-hyperinflation-hits-80000-per-year-in-2018/#43fce9324572

[9] Rendon, Moises, and Mark L Schneider. “Venezuela’s Crisis Is Now a Regional Humanitarian Disaster.” Center for Strategic and International Studies, 23 March 2018. https://www.csis.org/analysis/venezuelas-crisis-now-regional-humanitarian-disaster

[10] No End in Sight to Venezuela’s Blackout, Experts Warn, March 11, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/world/americas/venzuela-blackout-maduro.html

[11] Foster, Caitlin. “These are the World’s 20 Most Dangerous Countries, and Photos Showing what Life is Like There.” 1 Nov. 2018. Business Insider https://www.businessinsider.com/what-life-is-like-in-some-of-the-worlds-most-dangerous-countries-2018-10

[12] Woody, Christopher. “These Were the 50 Most Violent Cities in the World in 2017.” Business Insider , 6 Mar. 2018. https://www.businessinsider.com/most-violent-cities-in-the-world-2018-3

[13] Id.

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Brooks Applauds Speaker Pelosi Admission of Insufficient Evidence to Impeach President Trump!

2019/03/12

Washington, DC— Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) applauded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s implicit statement admitting Socialist Democrats and their news media cohorts have, after 2 ½ years of desperately trying, failed to find sufficient evidence of Russian campaign collusion or any other crime that warrants impeachment of President Trump.[1]

Congressman Brooks said, “On February 6, 2017, then Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, ‘When and if [President Trump] breaks the law, that is when [impeachment] would come up.’[2] Since President Trump’s election, Socialist Democrats and their national news media allies have searched far and wide for evidence of a President Trump impeachable offense. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Socialist Democrat and news media allies have monumentally failed to discover and produce credible evidence that the Trump campaign either colluded with Russia in the 2016 election or that President Trump committed the impeachable high crime or misdemeanor offense required by the U.S. Constitution. Unless the Mueller Report provides contrary information, Pelosi’s statement that she is ‘not for impeachment’ is an outright admission that the last 2 ½ years of Socialist Democrat presidential harassment, liberal news media lies, and false accusations of racism and impropriety have not measured up to her impeachment standards. In sum, Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment disavowal is an admission that Socialist Democrat claims of an impeachable offense are a collective scam and fraud perpetrated on the American people to not only delegitimize the duly elected President of the United States but also for the crass purpose of accumulating political power.”

Brooks continued, “I encourage Socialist Democrats and their radical news media allies to cleanse their souls and atone for their sins by apologizing to the American people for the fraud and scam they committed in an effort to delegitimize the 2016 election and enhance their own power grab and election prospects. The Socialist Democrats’ scam and fraud has undermined our republic. It has been divisive to the point some Americans have been driven to violence out of hatred for President Trump. It’s shameful what they have done to America.”

Brooks concluded, “The American people need to see past the Socialist Democrat fraud and scam, and recognize the truth; President Trump did not win election because of Russian collusion and there is no persuasive evidence that President Trump committed an impeachable offense. Our country will be better off if the American people reject the vile behavior of Socialist Democrats and move past this harmful and regrettable moment in our history.”

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CBS42.COM: Congressman Brooks presents Congressional Art Award to student

2019/03/11


Brooks Invites The Avengers' Nick Fury to Visit Fury’s Huntsville, Alabama Birthplace

2019/03/11

Washington, DC— The Avengers’ character Nick Fury recently revealed in the newly-released “Captain Marvel” movie that he was born in Huntsville, Alabama. Monday, in a fun online video, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) invites Nick Fury to visit his birthplace, where “The Sky is Not the Limit!” Congressman Brooks is sharing the video on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Full script of the video follows:

Hi, everybody, Alabama and Tennessee Valley Congressman Mo Brooks here.

If you’re a movie buff like me, you undoubtedly saw Nick Fury reveal that he is from Huntsville, Alabama and the Tennessee Valley in the new “Captain Marvel” movie.

While Nick Fury is from Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley, unfortunately he doesn’t remember much about living here, so I’m going to help Nick Fury out with what he missed.

Nick, Huntsville is called the “Rocket City” because it is the home to NASA’s Marshall Flight Space Flight Center and is the birthplace of America’s space program.

Our rocket scientists and engineers are the best in the world.  For example, they researched, designed and developed the Apollo rocket engines that carried America to the moon back in 1969. 

Like Captain America, Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley’s Redstone Arsenal was instrumental in America winning World War II and beating the NAZIs.

Since then, Redstone Arsenal has developed the most advanced and incredible rocket and missile technology in the world. In fact, if you come back and visit your birthplace, you might hear us testing the newest rockets and weapons that shake the earth, like Thor’s Hammer. Plus, you’ll get to see an actual Saturn V rocket that’s bigger than the Hulk.

Nick, you missed a lot but you should visit Huntsville.

We have more defense technology than Iron Man.

Our missiles are more precise than Hawkeye’s aim.

Our rockets reach for the stars and soar further than Captain Marvel.

Our support for national security is stronger than the vibranium in Captain America’s shield and Black Panther’s suit. 

In Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley, our motto is “The Sky is NOT the Limit!”

We dream bigger, we reach farther, we aim higher.  Every day.

And when we fulfill the dream, we extend our reach.  We accomplish new heights.  And then we dream a little bit bigger still. 

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2019/03/10


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2019/03/10


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2019/03/10


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Rep. Brooks Highlights Military Bases' Inability to Retain Energy They Produce In Case of Emergency

2019-03-13 19:38:03


Rep. Brooks Delivers Impassioned House Floor Speech on Dangers of Socialism

2019-03-12 14:57:45


Rep. Brooks Invites The Avengers' Nick Fury to Visit Fury's Huntsville, Alabama Birthplace

2019-03-11 22:21:03


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2019-03-06 15:43:39


Rep. Brooks Blasts Socialist Democrats for Helping to Kill 33,000 American Each Year!

2019-02-26 18:17:52


Rep. Brooks Joins One America News Network's "The Daily Ledger"

2019-02-15 16:13:15


Rep. Brooks Urges Pres.Trump to Declare National Emergency & Invoke 10-USC-284 to Build Wall

2019-02-14 16:02:46


Rep. Brooks Questions Socialist Democrat's Climate Change Expert on Sea Level Rise

2019-02-13 17:33:19


Rep. Brooks on One America News to Discuss the EL CHAPO Act and Border Security

2019-02-08 18:11:56


Rep. Brooks in Armed Services Hearing: Existing Law Grants Trump Authority to Build the Wall

2019-01-29 17:07:05


Rep. Brooks Slams Democrats in House Floor Speech for "Aiding and Abetting" Illegal Alien Killers

2019-01-15 22:32:08


Rep. Brooks Hammers "Open Borders" Media & Democrats on Behalf of Angel Moms

2019-01-15 20:00:39


Rep. Brooks in Fiery CNN interview: "You Guys at CNN are Misleading the American Public"

2019-01-11 14:37:29


Rep. Brooks Highlights Trump's Immigration Letter to Congress in House Floor Speech

2019-01-09 15:57:30


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2018-09-27 17:24:55


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2018-09-26 20:20:54


Rep. Mo Brooks Passes Space Weather Legislation

2018-07-24 20:21:24


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2018-06-27 18:59:29


Rep. Brooks Questions Witnesses in Joint SST/HASC Hearing on Situational Awareness in Space

2018-06-22 14:51:05


Rep. Brooks Questions Witnesses on Space Station Commercialization in SST Hearing

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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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