Representative Morris 'Mo' J. Brooks's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 5, Republican
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Mo Brooks has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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. 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 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)
  • 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 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 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)
  • 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. 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • Mo Brooks. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Mo Brooks. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • Mo Brooks. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Mo Brooks voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (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)
  • 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. 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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. 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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

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  • 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)
  • 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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