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Morris 'Mo' J. Brooks

Mo Brooks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Morris 'Mo' J. Brooks
Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 5, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
Primary June 3, 2014
General Nov. 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Martha; 4 Children
Birth Date: 04/29/1954
Birth Place: Charleston, SC
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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 2014, 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

  • Mo Brooks. Caucuses. 6 September 2012. “Bi-Partisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus” (brooks.house.gov)
  • Mo Brooks. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mo Brooks in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mo Brooks. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Mo Brooks voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mo Brooks. Rep. Brooks Condemns Defense Cuts on FOX News Live. 18 July 2012. “[With sequestration] you’re talking about America having the smallest Army since World War II, the smallest Navy since World War I, and the smallest Air Force in the history of our country. Those are big impacts on our ability to project power and influence as we try to preserve peace around the world. One analogy is to look at the capabilities of the United States in our defense. Estimates are that this sequestration will reduce America’s national defense capabilities by roughly 25 percent. That’s a big hit.” (brooks.house.gov)
  • Mo Brooks. Congressman Brooks Votes for Largest Spending Cut in American History. 14 April 2011. “The defense budget increases 5 billion dollars, enabling our military to better equip and protect our warfighters who face wars on three fronts. It eliminates the untenable situation whereby our men and women are fighting for America but not getting paid.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Issue Position: National Defense. 20 October 2011. “We must adequately fund all essential technologies for defense weaponry […] We cannot slash our missile defense or any other critical defense program at a time of heightened risk from rogue nations and terrorists who would love nothing more than to boast about how they hurt an American city, ruined America's economy, or brought America to her knees.” (votesmart.org)
  • Pete Kasperowicz. The Hill: Rep. Brooks warns against defense cuts that could follow debt-ceiling deal. 10 August 2011. “Freshman Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), one of the 66 GOP opponents of the debt-ceiling agreement that the House approved Aug. 1, is warning against Department of Defense cuts that could either be recommended by the congressional 'supercommittee,' or occur automatically if that panel fails to find agreement on how to trim spending. 'National defense should be one of the last cuts,' Brooks said.” (thehill.com)
  • Mo Brooks. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Mo Brooks voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (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

  • Mo Brooks. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. 17 November 2011. “It is evident that America has a fiscal crisis because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, tax revenues will reach or exceed the historical average of 18 percent of economic output by the end of this decade, even as spending continues to increase at an unsustainable rate. Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut. Although there are diverse beliefs toward specific policies that should be included in any deficit reduction plan, we must recognize that increasing the tax burden on American businesses and citizens, especially during a fragile recovery, is irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Issue Position: Fighting Taxes. 20 October 2011. “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.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____ district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that 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. (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mo Brooks. Congressman Brooks Joins Task Force to Slash Out-of-Control Spending. 3 March 2011. “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.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Congressman Brooks Votes to Reduce His Office Budget. 6 January 2011. “When I ran for office, I vowed to cut federal spending […] We have to reduce the money we're spending right now. We're leaving our children a legacy of debt." (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Congressman Brooks Works to End National Debt Crisis. 15 July 2011. “Every American family has to balance their budget, and the American people are asking us to hold the federal government to the same standards. We must stop spending more than we take in.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Constitutional Convention for a Balanced Budget Amendment. 18 July 2011. “Today, the greatest threat to America is not a foreign power. No. America's greatest threat is Washington's irresponsible, dangerous, and insatiable spending habits.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Letter to The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 21 July 2011. “The debt ceiling is intended to control federal spending but Washington continues to simply raise it without considering the consequences. American families have been working through a recession for the past three years by spending less and saving more, yet the federal government continues to spend more money it simply does not have.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Where is the President's Plan to Balance the Budget? 26 July 2011. “Washington's spending binge has put America $14 trillion in debt. America's future is at risk.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Congressman Brooks Votes Against Debt Ceiling Increase. 31 May 2011. “We face national bankruptcy and insolvency. Yet, President Obama refuses to cut up the credit cards and stop spending, even though the White House projects a record high $1.6 trillion deficit for this fiscal year alone.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mo Brooks. Issue Position: Fighting Taxes. 20 October 2011. “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.” (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

  • Rix, Monica. 2010. WAFF 48 News (Huntsville, AL): Interviews with fifth Congressional district Republican candidates. 27 May 2010. "It is not the government's business to be in K-12 education. The federal government has its defined roles and K-12 education is not one of them. I, for instance, would advocate repeal of the No Child Left Behind law. I trust our local and state boards of education to make appropriate decisions in K-12 and I would take the federal government out of it." (www.waff.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mo Brooks. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mo Brooks. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mo Brooks. Endorsements: 2nd Amendment / Gun Owners’ Rights. 6 September 2012. ““Gun Owners of America – Mo Brooks earns 'A' Grade. National Rifle Association (NRA) Political Victory Fund – 'A rating'” (mobrooksforcongress.com)
  • William T. Martin. Huntsville Newswire: Gun owners group endorses Brooks for congress. 14 October 2010. “After learning of the endorsement, Brooks said, '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. Gun Owners of America has a long history of working effectively to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families, and I'm proud that they trust me to join them in that fight.'" (www.huntsvillenewswire.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Mo Brooks. Rep. Brooks' Statement on SCOUS Obamacare Decision. 28 June 2012. “Today, by one vote, the United States Supreme Court expanded federal power beyond anything previously permissible. In effect, one Supreme Court justice’s vote empowers the federal government to dictate that American citizens purchase any product or service offered by anyone, no matter the cost, no matter the burden. America’s Founding Fathers fought a rebellion for individual liberty. Today’s Supreme Court decision is a heavy boot on the throat of that liberty.” (brooks.house.gov)
  • Mo Brooks. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Issue Position: Local Funding & Earmarks. 20 October 2011. “Mo Brooks agree to […] Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. “We must repeal this job-killing government takeover of America's health care. Today, I will proudly vote to do exactly that.” (votesmart.org)
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

  • Mo Brooks. Jobs and Immigration. 8 September 2011. “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.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Letter to President Obama. 9 September 2011. “Over the last several years, with the support of the American public, Congress has consistently defeated amnesty proposals for illegal aliens. This recent effort appears to be nothing more than an attempt to avoid public review and unilaterally impose amnesty by picking and choosing which laws to enforce; or in this case, not to enforce, thereby enabling illegal aliens to remain in the country. […] Mr President, our request is simple: enforce our immigration laws evenly without passion, prejudice or preference.” (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. S.A. Lawmaker Blasts Peer Over Immigrant Rant. 13 July 2011. “As your congressman on the House floor, I will do anything short of shooting them. Anything that is lawful, it needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens.” (www.mysanantonio.com)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Mo Brooks in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Mo Brooks in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. Issue Position: Immigration. “Congressmen Brooks believes the federal government has been derelict in its border protection and immigration duties with both short-and long-term adverse effects. [...] Congressman Brooks supports and will vote for any substantive measure that removes illegal aliens from America.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Mo Brooks in the 2012 general election. (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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • Mo Brooks. Issue Position: Seniors' Issues. 20 October 2011. “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.” (votesmart.org)


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