Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Brooks Statement on American Health Care Act

2017/03/24

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) released the following statement today regarding the American Health Care Act:

“I’m disappointed in today’s result, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to improve the lives and futures of all Americans. This has been an open and transparent process focused on achieving more affordable healthcare coverage that works better and offers more choices for the American people. Speaker Ryan has offered tremendous leadership. Throughout this difficult process, he has worked hard to listen to and incorporate feedback from our constituents and all of our colleagues. As the Speaker has said, we must now evaluate the path forward.” 

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#SubOversight Examines Deadly Fentanyl Crisis

2017/03/21

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, chaired by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), today held a hearing examining fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.

While fentanyl is a tightly controlled prescription medicine used to treat extreme pain, it is also easy and cheap to illicitly manufacture, making it easy to find on the streets and the Internet. 

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) reiterated how easy it is to obtain illicit fentanyl, saying, “I went online and looked at how to order fentanyl online just while we’re sitting here and there are a lot of opportunities.”

Mr. William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, said we are moving “in a positive direction” when it comes to working with other nations involved in the production and trafficking of fentanyl. “We have a dialogue, we are talking to one another,” Mr. Brownfield added.

“The threat posed by heroin has continued to grow dramatically over the past several years – between 2007 and 2015, deaths involving heroin have risen 441 percent, from 2,402 to 12,990, and since 2013, available public health data indicate fentanyl-laced heroin has been increasingly involved in these deaths,” said Kemp Chester, Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “In 2015, 9,580 drug overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids other than methadone (a statistical category that is dominated by fentanyl), up from 3,105 deaths in 2013, a 209 percent increase.”

“Those suffering from an overdose involving fentanyl may require both higher doses and multiple administrations of naloxone to reverse the overdose and to become stabilized,” explained Chairman Murphy. “Even the police and first responders are at risk from inadvertently touching or inhaling fentanyl powder at a crime scene or helping an overdose victim.” 

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) reiterated the concern about first responders arriving to a scene with fentanyl, highlighting her experience as U.S. Attorney in Southern District of Indiana from 2001-2007, saying, that there has not been much discussion about how dangerous contact with fentanyl can be. Mr. Matthew Allen, Assistant Director, Homeland Security Investigative Programs, Homeland Security Investigations, US. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security, spoke to current training exercises their agents have taken part in to physically prepare for fentanyl being on scene. Video of her questions is available online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVOxxZh_cCE

Full committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) highlighted recent action at the United Nations, supported by China, which would dramatically limit the supply of two precursors to fentanyl from being shipped. This process would provide national authorities of the country receiving the shipment with basic information about the shipment – when it will arrive, how much is being shipped, the purpose of the shipment, etc. “This is a way to shutdown the diversion of legal and illicitly produced fentanyl,” explained Mr. Brownfield. Chairman Walden praised this effort, saying similar efforts helped dramatically reduce problems with the supply of methamphetamine precursor ingredients in Oregon and other states.

For more information on today’s hearing, including a background memo, witness testimony, and archived webcast, click HERE.

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Larsen, Colleagues, Lead Effort to Prevent Mass Shootings in Schools

2017/03/20

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. schools could receive additional resources to prevent mass shootings under bipartisan legislation led by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and cosponsored by Reps. Mike Coffman (CO-06), Susan Brooks (IN-05) and Suzan DelBene (WA-01).

The School Safety Act of 2017 would renew the Secure Our Schools program, which provides resources to local, state and tribal governments to meet schools’ individual security needs. The program has not be funded by Congress since 2010.

“In the years since Congress neglected to renew this critical program, hundreds of school shootings have taken place across the United States,” said Rep. Larsen. “My heart still hurts when I think about the parents who received the worst imaginable news in 2014 following the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck high school. If this bill can prevent even one family from going through that experience, then Congress has a responsibility to take action. And for me, the alternative – doing nothing – is simply not an option.”

“School should be a place where kids and teachers feel safe, and the School Safety Act will help schools, in partnership with local law enforcement, put more effective security and response technologies in place,” said Rep. Brooks. “In talking with local school administrators and law enforcement officers in my district about how to improve school safety, a lack of resources to invest in life-saving technologies was a top concern I heard. That’s why I am proud to help introduce this legislation, which helps equip schools to keep our students and teachers safe.” 

“Schools should be a safe place for students to learn and achieve their full potential,” said Rep. Coffman. “Keeping students and teachers safe is not only the right thing to do, but also a worthwhile use of our resources. The School Safety Act will protect Colorado’s educational institutions, provide emergency response training for teachers, and best equip our schools to deal with threats of the 21st century. I am a proud sponsor of this legislation.”   

“I’m strongly committed to ensuring the safety and security of our students. While there is no one law that will prevent every single instance of senseless violence, like the tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in 2014, we can and must do more. The School Safety and Security Act is an important first step and I’m honored to help introduce it with Congressman Larsen. This bipartisan legislation will provide critical resources to keep our schools safer,” said Rep. DelBene.

Specifically, the legislation would reauthorize $30 million in federal resources to improve security measures in schools, training for staff and students as well as tools like metal detectors and locks. In addition, the legislation would improve the program by allowing funding to cover emergency communications systems with local law enforcement.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, between 2013-2015 there were at least 160 U.S. school shootings resulting in 59 deaths – including five students who were killed at a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, WA, in 2014.

The Secure Our Schools program takes a comprehensive approach to preventing violence in schools based on schools’ unique needs. Funds awarded through the program’s grants can pay for physical deterrents, security assessments, security training and coordination with local law enforcement.

Last year, Larsen and Brooks launched the School Safety Caucus to focus on best practices for school safety and investments to help schools meet their unique safety needs.

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IN Focus: Rokita votes to advance health care bill in Congress

2017/03/19

INDIANAPOLIS- The push-back from House Republicans was swift and highly anticipated Tuesday in wake of the Congressional Budget Office releasing its report on their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“They’re not always right,” Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) said in an interview with FOX59 on Monday. “In fact, a lot of times they get it wrong.”

The report, coming from Capitol Hill’s official scorekeeper, said 24 million more Americans will be uninsured by 2026, the deficit would reduce by $337 billion over the next decade largely in part to Medicaid cuts and average premiums would jump during the next two years but eventually offset and drop an average 10 percent by 2026.

“Of course more people will be covered under Obamacare,” Rokita said. “Because Obamacare mandated people be covered, whether they needed crappy government healthcare or not.”

In a statement, Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) praised the report’s findings that premiums over time would drop, yet acknowledged the concern sweeping throughout Capitol Hill as Republican leaders worked to offset the report.

“I understand and appreciate the concerns some people have expressed,” Brooks said. “As we’ve said from the beginning, this is a process, and today’s CBO score is reflective only of this bill and does not reflect any future actions the Administration or Congress will take to fix our healthcare system.”

The bill was advanced in the House Budget Committee on Thursday where Rokita is vice chairman.

“Now people who really need help are going to have access to good healthcare options,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean they`re going to take them. That`s going to be up to the individual.”

Democrats were quick to jump on critical details of the report as the White House strongly denounced its findings.

“They should just pull the plug on this bill,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, the Democratic House Minority Leader. “That’s our message to the Republicans. This isn’t even a good start.”

The report, which help fuel new concerns about how the replacement will affect Americans, also offers reassurances to key conservatives worried the original plan didn’t cut Medicaid enough.

“What we want to do is get the federal government really as much out of the business as we can,” Rokita said. “So we think with that flexibility given to the states, they are so innovative, that they will more than willing be able to make up any differences in funds.”

Some congressional Republicans, including Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), initially had doubts about supporting the bill. But after meeting with the President on Friday, the freshman congressman issued a statement saying he was now in the "yes" column.

Concern, though, still looms among governors in 31 states including Indiana that expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act using federal dollars.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration said Tuesday the  governor supports fixing the Affordable Care Act but wants to make sure lawmakers are “compassionate” in how that’s accomplished, adding the bill is in the first step of a long process.

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Ethics Committee finally opens for business Wednesday

2017/03/19

The House Ethics Committee will meet for the first time in the 115th Congress next week and could make determinations on several complaints pending against lawmakers.

The panel was set to meet twice in the last two weeks but had to postpone its organizational meeting because of scheduling conflicts caused first by marathon markups of the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare, and then because of winter storm Stella.

But the committee is also behind for several other reasons. One is that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn't appoint the newest Democratic member, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., until Valentine's Day. The committee also has a new chairwoman, Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind., and a new ranking member, Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.

The 10-member panel will have to decide immediately whether to open an investigation into allegations that Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., broke campaign finance laws. The committee acknowledged in mid-December it had received the referral but postponed making any decisions until the next Congress.

Wednesday's meeting is a rare public affair. Once the committee votes to adopt rules that will govern its actions for the next two years, it likely will move into closed session to consider the Duncan matter and perhaps other long-pending complaints.

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics considers allegations that lawmakers broke House rules. If its staff finds enough evidence, its outside board votes on whether to refer the matter to the Ethics Committee for adjudication.

Two other cases awaiting new committee members concern prominent Republicans.

Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington faces allegations, which she has denied through an attorney, that she mixed official, leadership, political action committee and campaign funds in violation of House rules.

The OCE referred the matter to the panel in late 2013. But except for one public announcement in March 2014 that the committee was extending its review, it has yet to make any determinations or take any action.

Last Congress the bipartisan committee was also slowly examining the actions of another Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who is now chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

On March 18, 2016, the OCE recommended that the committee investigate payments to his former chief of staff that continued months after he left Meadows' office. On Aug. 17, the committee said it needed more time to determine if it should open an investigation.

Meadows himself asked the committee to look into the matter in November 2015.

The committee may also consider whether to finally move forward with investigations into the behavior of Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Bobby Rush, both Democrats from Illinois, and Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., which were first lodged in 2014.

 

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Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats Confirmed As Director of National Intelligence

2017/03/16

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats was confirmed as the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday afternoon.

The intelligence position was created in 2004 from fallout from the September 11, 2001 attacks and has become critical in helping prevent another terror attacks.

Coats replaces James Clapper, who retired at the end of the Obama administration.

Historically, the director of national intelligence has had a close ear to the president. Questions though have arisen as to the director's exact role in President Donald Trump's administration but reports indicate newly-appointed national security adviser H.R. McMaster would like to keep it as is.

Coats will oversee 16 other intelligence agencies, and he will also be a key player in the government's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the presidential campaign.

He received high praise from both Indiana Democrats and Republicans after he testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during his official nomination hearing.

Sen. Joe Donnelly released the following statement after voting to confirm Coats:
"Dan has stepped up to lead our intelligence community at a critical time. He is eminently qualified for this new role, and I trust he will remain clear-eyed about the threats facing our nation, including Russian attempts to undermine our democracy. I know that Dan will provide his best advice to the president and give our intelligence professionals the leadership they need and deserve."

Rep. Susan Brooks issued this statement:

"Senator Coats has served the United States with great distinction. As the leader of our Intelligence Community, his experience and sound judgment will help ensure the safety and security of our country. Senator Coats is a true public servant who has answered every call to serve his fellow citizens to the best of his ability. He puts his country first and, with his background in the military, as Ambassador, and as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is more than qualified for this job. I'm proud that he will continue his dedicated service as Director of National Intelligence to President Trump."

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued this statement:

"Today, I was thrilled to see my friend and mentor Dan Coats confirmed as Director of National Intelligence. He is uniquely qualified and brings a wealth of experience, incredible wit and a strong dose of Hoosier common sense. Our nation will be well served, again, by his leadership."

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Legal aid funding cut from Trump budget

2017/03/16

The Trump Administration’s proposed budget would eliminate funding to the Legal Services Corp., which provides grants to 134 legal aid organizations around the country including Indiana Legal Services Inc.

According to the Washington Post and USA Today, the LSC is among 19 agencies that were cut completely from the White House spending proposal. The LSC, established by Congress in 1974, received $375 million federal appropriation in fiscal year 2015 and $385 million in fiscal year 2016. For fiscal year 2017, the agency had requested $502.7 million.

Rep. Susan Brooks, the Indianapolis Republican who co-founded the Access to Legal Services Caucus in Congress in 2015, is advocating for LSC funding to be retained. Noting Congress will ultimately write the budget, she described access to justice as a national priority.

“The president released his budget today, and now, it is Congress’s responsibility to draft and pass a budget that is focused on our priorities as a nation to provide for the security of our citizens and their families,” Brooks said. “Part of that security must be to protect the rights of citizens to due process and access to legal counsel. As co-chair of the Access to Legal Services Caucus, I will work to protect Americans access to legal services, regardless of income.”

Indiana Legal Services, which has eight offices around the state, receives the bulk of its funding from the LSC. In 2016, ILS reported total revenue of $9.89 million of which $6.63 million came from the Legal Services Corp. Across the state, ILS helped 10,340 clients.

“I don’t believe that we will lose all federal funding,” ILS Executive Director Jon Laramore said. “If we did, ILS would look very different and, in particular, we would be hard pressed to provide services to rural areas.”

Linda Klein, president of the American Bar Association, released a statement rebuking the administration’s action. She said her organization was “outraged” by the proposed cut to legal services and called upon every member of Congress to restore full funding.

“LSC provides civil legal aid to people who desperately need help to navigate the legal process,” Klein said. “Without this assistance, the court house doors will slam in the faces of millions of Americans, denying them equal access to justice.”

However, the Legal Services Corp. is confident of the bipartisan support in Congress. It pointed out Capitol Hill has funded the agency for 42 years and in each of the last three fiscal year has increased funding by $10 million annually.

“I look forward to working with Congress to continue LSC’s work,” said LSC President James Sandman. “I am optimistic that the bipartisan support we have enjoyed in Congress for more than four decades will continue for years to come.”

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Brooks Statement on Coats Confirmation to Serve as DNI

2017/03/15

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Senate confirmed former Indiana Senator Dan Coats to serve as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to President Trump. Coats represented the United States as Ambassador to Germany under the Bush Administration from 2001 to 2005, and while in the U.S. Senate, was an active a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN05) released the following statement applauding his confirmation:

“Senator Coats has served the United States with great distinction. As the leader of our Intelligence Community, his experience and sound judgment will help ensure the safety and security of our country. Senator Coats is a true public servant who has answered every call to serve his fellow citizens to the best of his ability.  He puts his country first and, with his background in the military, as Ambassador, and as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is more than qualified for this job. I’m proud that he will continue his dedicated service as Director of National Intelligence to President Trump.”

 

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Fighting an epidemic: Boone County officials discuss methods for battling rising opioid use

2017/03/14

Opiate use is on the rise in Indiana, and Boone County is no exception.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen began 2017 implementing a five-year plan, part of which focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to fight an epidemic on opioids including heroin and prescription drugs codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone.

“We will make some progress in 2017, but I think we’ll see real progress after the implementation phase,” he said. “The rubber’s going to hit the road in 2018.”

Nielsen was able to implement the plan after a .5 percent increase in local income tax was approved in October, allowing the sheriff’s department to add corrections officers and mental health counselors to the staff effective March 1.

The tax increase will also support all of the county’s public safety organizations and will allow the addition of officer wellness programs to be rolled into the mental health plan, addressing how PTSD affects local law enforcement and other mental health needs.

Part of the plan is the addition of a drug interdiction team on the corridor between Indianapolis and Chicago. Through this additional unit Nielsen hopes to prevent drugs coming into the county but said that one step won’t solve the problem.

“We can never arrest our way out of this problem,” he said.

Those arrested for drug trafficking will now have a better chance to receive mental health treatment to prevent what Nielsen estimates is a 75 percent recidivism rate. Without treatment, national opiate relapse rates hover around 90 percent according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Nielsen would like to ensure there is continuity of care when the inmates are released from jail.

“That hope that we give them when they’re here (through treatment) will be transitioned outside of the jail,” said Nielsen.

“When we fail the inmates is when they leave,” he said. “We provide them hope inside, but when they leave they go right back to that element where they came from.”

“We’ve got to stop that constant circle,” Nielsen said. “Otherwise we’re never going to get ahead of the game.”

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks said that with proper intervention and treatment programs “often times arrests even of addicts ends up saving their lives.”

“It’s important that we have aggressive law enforcement involved with the dealers, however we really have learned over time … we cannot arrest our way out of the problem,” she said.

Funding the treatment programs and finding people to staff them is a challenge that Brooks hopes to tackle this year.

“We do not have enough people trained in providing addiction counseling, behavior specialists, we just don’t have the workforce. It’s a national problem. We don’t have enough providers with the right kind of training to even staff these programs,” she said.

Brooks added that it’s going to take more than just the financial resources, and she encourages support for non-profit organizations who run treatment programs.

Brooks feels that Mothers Against Drunk Driving has done a good job educating youth on the dangers of alcohol abuse but that attention is lacking for educating young people of the dangers of drug use and sharing prescription drugs.

Nielsen agrees that the education piece is very important but feels the schools are making strides in drug use prevention.

“We have to do a better job of getting into our schools, talking about drugs and how opiates affect families,” Nielsen said. “There are no socioeconomic differences when it comes to opiates.”

The Lebanon school system currently uses the national DARE program, while Zionsville Community Schools is gathering a task force to establish a plan in the future.

“This is a national epidemic, not concentrated in a few states but in fact sadly is a national problem,” Brooks said. According to the CDC more people in the United States died from prescription drug and heroin overdose in 2014 than from car accidents.

Nielsen estimates that drugs were a factor in as many as 28 deaths in 2016 and that number is increasing over previous years. Actual data is not currently recorded in Boone County, but Nielsen has budgeted the addition of a crime analyst to ensure it is tracked moving forward.

“One of the problems in our country with addictions is that we often attach such a stigma to them that we don’t talk about it,” Brooks said. She hopes that the current conversations on the subject will help lessen the stigma and encourage people who need it to get treatment.

Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. (File photo)

Lifesaving medication added to safety vehicles

The effects of opioids can be deadly, impacting the part of the brain that regulates breathing.

Often the only way to revive a person who has stopped breathing due to an opiate overdose is with naloxone, a medication that can reverse the effects of these drugs.

Narcan, a brand of naloxone, was added to Zionsville police and fire department administrative vehicles in 2016 after previously being available only on the EMT ambulances.

“We’ve got to make sure that we continue to stock our naloxone,” Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen said. “That needs to be in the toolkit or first aid kit just like an AED (defibrillator) does.”

Prior to 2014, only paramedics, nurses and advanced level providers were able to administer naloxone, but a change in state law now allows it to be administered by first responders through a nasal spray device. The medication in its intramuscular form can only be injected by advanced medical professionals, which is the preferred option with better effects at lower doses than the nasal option.

“It does take a little bit of time to get an IV established,” said Steve Gilliam, ZFD’s division chief of EMS. “If you’ve got somebody who’s not breathing to be able to administer that, we can do it nasally a lot quicker.”

Law enforcement in Boone County administered Naloxone on more than 30 different occasions in 2016.

“We have been very fortunate in Zionsville that we haven’t had to deploy Narcan,” Gilliam said. “We’re trying to be proactive in carrying it on our administrative vehicles so that if we ever see that occurrence we’ll be prepared.”

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • 23 percent – estimated number of individuals who use heroin and develop opioid addiction
  • 30 – Number of times Boone County law enforcement officials administered naloxone in 2016
  • 80 percent – Number of heroin users who starting out misusing prescription painkillers
  • 591,000 – Number of Americans with a substance abuse disorder involving heroin in 2015
  • 2 million – Number of Americans with a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers in 2015
  • 259 million – prescriptions written for opioids in 2012, which is more than enough to give every American adult a bottle of pills

Sources: BCSO and American Society of Addiction Medicine

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Hoosier OK'd to lead Medicare, Medicaid

2017/03/14

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Seema Verma of Indiana as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Her nomination was approved 55-43. Three moderate Democrats – Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia – and Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine, joined 51 Republicans in confirming Verma. All opposition votes were cast by Democrats.

Verma, who is Indian-American, founded and has been president and CEO of SVC Inc., a national health policy consulting firm in Indianapolis.

She redesigned Medicaid insurance programs for low-income people in several states, including developing the Healthy Indiana Plan for then-Gov. Mitch Daniels and expanding it for then- former Gov. Mike Pence, now the vice president. 

HIP 2.0 covers about 400,000 Hoosiers and, unlike traditional Medicaid programs, requires beneficiaries to pay part of their medical expenses.

Donnelly said in a statement he was “proud to work with” Verma and Pence on HIP 2.0, saying it “played a critical role in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemics.”

But he also warned that the American Health Care Act proposed by the Republican House to replace the Affordable Care Act would “put at risk HIP 2.0 and the health coverage of thousands of Hoosiers.”

In a cost estimate released Monday for the American Health Care Act, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted the legislation would reduce federal Medicaid spending by $880 billion in the next decade. HIP 2.0 is largely funded by the federal government.

“It is my hope that Ms. Verma, a Hoosier, will instead pursue a thoughtful, pragmatic, and bipartisan path to protecting Medicare and Medicaid and expand access to quality health care,” Donnelly said.

Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., said in a statement that Verma “has always put mission above politics. Her innovative healthcare ideas have proven to work and improve lives in Indiana.” 

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th, issued a statement describing Verma as “responsible, trustworthy and innovative.”

But in a floor speech before the Monday vote, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Verma’s testimony at a Senate committee hearing gave senators and the public “virtually nothing to go by in terms of how she approached this job. But it’s a fact that if confirmed, she would be one of the top officials to implement Trumpcare, a bill that raids Medicare, slashes Medicaid and kicks million of Americans off their health plan to pay for a tax cut for the wealthy.”

“Trumpcare” is a reference to President Donald Trump’s endorsement of the American Health Care Act.

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Congresswoman Susan Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight diverse counties throughout the central part of the Hoosier State. As a new member of Congress, she currently serves on the Education and Workforce, Homeland Security and Ethics Committees. She is also the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.

Her strong background in both the public and private sectors includes experience as a proven difference maker in areas such as public safety, homeland security, counter-terrorism and economic development.

Before joining the House of Representatives, Susan served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College. Collaborating with a wide network or stakeholders, she implemented workforce development strategies aiming to enhance job training and placement for thousands of Hoosier residents.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Susan as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. Serving as the chief federal law enforcement officer for a majority of the Hoosier state, she received bi-partisan acclaim for efforts to battle mortgage fraud, gun violence, drug trafficking, gangs, child exploitation and identity theft.

Susan also earned recognition as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis during the Steve Goldsmith administration, where she provided oversight on public safety operations and drove community dialogue on vital civic issues. Over her tenure, she managed police, fire and emergency response efforts while serving on boards related to criminal justice, community corrections, violence reduction and race relations.

Susan practiced law at the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller and also served as a criminal defense attorney for Indianapolis based McClure, McClure and Kammen.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, Susan pursued a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In May of 2013, Susan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Marian University in Indianapolis. She resides in Carmel, Indiana with her husband David and they have two young adult children.


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Jackie Walorski

INDIANA's 2nd DISTRICT

Jim Banks

INDIANA's 3rd DISTRICT

Todd Rokita

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Luke Messer

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Larry Bucshon

INDIANA's 8th DISTRICT

Trey Hollingsworth

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