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Mo Brooks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 5, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
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Mo Brooks has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Mo Brooks is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Serves on "Bi-Partisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus" http://brooks.house.gov/committees-and-caucuses/ (brooks.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.VW4zd3UViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed pledge saying "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • "High taxes hurt families. High taxes undermine the family unit by forcibly taking money from parents that is needed for health care, college tuition, and basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509769/#.VW8OqnUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Washington's spending binge has put America $14 trillion in debt. America's future is at risk." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/628646/#.VW8QFHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and on the Republican Study Committee to stop out-of-control spending and help restore fiscal sanity to our country." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/593967/#.VW8P6HUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed pledge saying "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)
  • "High taxes cost jobs. High taxes destroy our free enterprise system by robbing businesses of the capital needed to expand, compete, succeed and provide higher paying jobs for Alabamians. High taxes increase the cost of doing business which, in turn, causes many businesses to become unprofitable and close their doors, costing Americans jobs we cannot afford to lose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509769/#.VW8OqnUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] the Congressman hopes to reduce the federal government's involvement in K-12 through a general reduction in the size and scope of government. The education of our young people is of the utmost importance, and in the Congressman's view, local government is most closely attuned to the needs of our children." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/826327/issue-position-education#.VXWmuXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Alabama parents and local education officials are best suited to control K-12 education, not Washington bureaucrats." http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/03/mo_brooks_joins_opposition_to.html (blog.al.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXWoaXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I pray President Obama will reverse his decision and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. Time is wasting. Now that President Obama has removed America from the playing field, China seeks to purchase Canada's oil." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/662848/rep-brooks-statement-on-the-presidents-rejection-of-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.VXWownUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We offer our full support of the current process undertaken by the House Committee on Ways and Means that will allow the most anti-competitive and economically harmful tax provisions, specifically the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), to expire. [?] this subsidy has not only cost taxpayers billions, but has caused significant price distortions in wholesale electricity markets." http://pompeo.house.gov/uploadedfiles/29jul2014_-_wind_ptc_letter_to_leadership.pdf (pompeo.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389#.VXWpaXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a pledge stating "I, Mo Brooks, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Alabama and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683802/americans-for-prosperity-no-climate-tax#.VXWqQXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 93% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks/37#.VW4003UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks/37#.VW4003UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I stand second to no one in my support and defense of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. I will fight tooth and nail against the anti-gun agenda of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi." http://www.huntsvillenewswire.com/2010/10/14/gun-owners-group-endorses-brooks-congress/ (www.huntsvillenewswire.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.6079 "Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/41104#.VXWwRnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Brooks voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on January 19, 2011, and he also has voted numerous times to repeal various PPACA provisions." http://brooks.house.gov/health/ (brooks.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Unfortunately, the White House chases a different dream, a nightmare that pits unemployed Americans against illegal aliens in a competition for scarce jobs. The DREAM Act gives amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, thereby legitimizing illegal conduct and depriving American citizens of job opportunities." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/636567/#.VW8RbnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Brooks supports and will vote for any substantive measure that removes illegal aliens from America." http://brooks.house.gov/immigration/ (brooks.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sponsered a resolution that said "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806798/alcom-congressman-mo-brooks-joins-kansas-rep-in-seeking-constitutional-ban-on-same-sex-marriage/?search=marriage#.VW40W3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks/13#.VXWx-nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must adequately fund all essential technologies for defense weaponry. We cannot afford to slash Army aviation, tactical vehicles/missiles, UAVs, communications, etc. lest our Soldiers become vulnerable to the very enemy we send them to fight." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/509771/issue-position-national-defense#.VXWyiHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "So that there is no ambiguity, I do not now and I never have supported privatization of Social Security. While privatization may seem attractive as a theory, it is too risky a strategy to employ because the stock market and many other investments are simply too volatile." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552879/#.VW8NnHUViko (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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