Washington, DC— Tuesday evening, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “Yes” on the Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017, which gives terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments that have not yet completed the Food and Drug Administration’s lengthy and complex full approval process that can take decades. The bill passed the U.S. House 250-169, clearing the way for President Trump to sign the bill into law.
Brooks said, “Our ancestors fought the Revolutionary War to secure our freedom, yet, today in America, patients who are 100% certain to die are denied the freedom to decide for themselves whether to try experimental treatments that may save their lives. Patients shouldn’t have to give up their liberty, their freedom, their fight against terminal illness merely because the federal government says so. And terminally ill patients shouldn’t have to beg the Food and Drug Administration for a waiver, forcing patients to fight the federal bureaucracy, when they are already fighting for their lives.”
Brooks continued, “I was inspired to support Right to Try by the story of Steve Mayfield of Lauderdale County who was diagnosed with ALS in 2014. He not only had to fight ALS, he had to fight the federal government for the right to try possibly lifesaving treatments. Sadly, Steve passed away, but his family still advocates for the Right to Try Act. Thanks to the passion and hard work of folks like Steve Mayfield’s family, the Right to Try Act is now headed to the President’s desk for signature.”
Washington, DC— Tuesday morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) announced he and the State of Alabama jointly filed a lawsuit Monday afternoon in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Led by Attorney General Steve Marshall, the lawsuit challenges the U.S. Bureau of the Census’ practice of counting illegal aliens in the decennial census.
Congressman Brooks said, “Each decade, 435 Congressional seats are apportioned among the states based on population. Congressional seats should be apportioned based on the population of American citizens, not illegal aliens. After all, this is America, not the United Nations. There are roughly fifteen million illegal aliens in America (no one knows for sure the exact number). Roughly fifteen million illegal aliens equals roughly 20 Congressional seats taken from low-illegal alien population states and given to high-illegal alien population states like California. As of today, Alabama likely loses a Congressional seat after the 2020 census if apportionment includes illegal alien counts. The loss of an Alabama Congressional seat will be a huge loss in Alabama’s political influence and will diminish Alabama’s influence in Congress and its importance in presidential elections.”
Brooks continued, “I support the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution and, as such, I join the State of Alabama in seeking to protect the equal protection rights of American citizens by stopping the distribution of Congressional seats based on illegal alien counts. This lawsuit will have significant and enduring effects on Alabama and other states harmed by unconstitutional census methods. Fundamentally, the issue is fair and equal representation for United States citizens. While some stand for illegal aliens, I stand for American citizens.”
“If the U.S. Census Bureau follows through with its plan to include illegal aliens in the 2020 census for purposes of apportionment, Alabama will lose both a seat in the U.S. House of Representative and a vote in the Electoral College,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Alabama’s loss will be another state’s gain, as states with a growing illegal alien population will be the beneficiary of this reapportionment. I have joined with Congressman Mo Brooks in filing suit against the federal government to stop the inclusion of illegal aliens in the census’s apportionment population. The Constitution does not permit the dilution of our legal residents’ right to equal representation in this manner.”
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Washington, DC— Early Thursday morning, following a 14 hour debate, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “Yes” in the House Armed Services Committee (“HASC”) on passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2019. The NDAA annually authorizes Department of Defense operations. The FY19 NDAA passed HASC on a bipartisan 60-1 vote.
Brooks said, “The House Armed Services Committee’s yearlong national security policy process culminated in yesterday’s NDAA passage. The FY19 NDAA authorizes $708.1 billion in total defense spending, meeting or exceeding the White House request. $639.1 billion is for the Department of Defense base budget and $69 billion is for Overseas Contingency Operations.”
Brooks continued, “Each year the Redstone Arsenal community makes various policy requests to my office concerning America’s national security needs. I’m pleased my office successfully helped insert 25 of these local policy requests into the HASC Chairman’s draft of the NDAA. Fortunately, each of these 25 provisions survived HASC debate. They include but are not limited to:
Brooks concluded, “In addition to the 25 Redstone Arsenal community’s policy requests that we helped insert ‘behind the scenes’ into the draft NDAA, I’m pleased my office helped successfully add another four amendments to the NDAA during the HASC debate. These amendments are:
Congressman Brooks is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, sitting on the Strategic Forces and Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittees. He is the founder and co-chair of the Army Aviation Caucus.Read More
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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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