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Susan Brooks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 5, Republican
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Susan 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.

What is the Political Courage Test?

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

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

  • "Leaders on both sides of the aisle want to see our middle class grow and prosper. But President Obama must recognize penalizing one group of Americans in order to help others is not a winning strategy. It will not produce real results and only makes our political discourse even more divisive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947752/brooks-lets-usher-in-new-era-of-genuine-bipartisanship/?search=tax#.VXoL1HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I have serious concerns with proposals to raise taxes on families and businesses. Congress should be focused on advancing the best solutions to spur economic recovery. I’m a supporter of pro-growth economic policies that stimulate the economy and create jobs. I believe in a low-rate tax system which fosters an environment for growth and brings certainty to the marketplace."http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
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

  • "We cannot tax and spend our way into prosperity." http://www.susanbrooksforcongress.com/issues/spending-debt/ (www.susanbrooksforcongress.com)
  • "The President’s budget raises taxes and still fails to balance our nation’s checkbook. Taking more money from hardworking taxpayers to fund another federal spending spree won’t turn our economy around or help people find the jobs they need." http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/brooks-president-and-senate-democrats-must-commit-to-balancing-our (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "As government grows, private sector job growth slows. Businesses, not the government, create the jobs that grow our economy. Small businesses are the engine of our economy; they've historically led us out of recessions and economic downturns." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/852504/issue-position-jobs-economy#.VYgq5XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have serious concerns with proposals to raise taxes on families and businesses. Congress should be focused on advancing the best solutions to spur economic recovery. I’m a supporter of pro-growth economic policies that stimulate the economy and create jobs. I believe in a low-rate tax system which fosters an environment for growth and brings certainty to the marketplace."http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/issues/tax-reform (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "Chairman Ryan's budget provides a useful roadmap for a smarter, more efficient government that will make upward mobility a reality for more Americans. […] It also includes tax reforms that will keep more money in people's pockets and make our nation more competitive to potential employers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/865511/brooks-ryan-budget-makes-upward-mobility-real/?search=tax#.VXoNyXUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will work to create an educational system that emphasizes high standards, accountability for results, local control, transparency and parental choice. Federal funding to the states should be distributed to the states with discretion to spend federal funds on new, creative and accountable programs that will better educate children while controlling the out-of-control cost of education." http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/issues/education (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "I support policies that empower parents, teachers and local schools rather than government bureaucrats." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/701280/issue-position-education#.VYgt83UVhHw (votesmart.org)
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#.VXm4M3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone XL pipeline will create thousands of jobs and pump billions of dollars into our economy. The initial Keystone application was submitted in 2008. After 1706 days of stonewalling, the President simply has no excuse for continuing to stall the completion of this vital project." http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/brooks-it-s-time-to-build-the-keystone-xl-pipeline (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Make no mistake, I also fully understand the value that renewable resources play in our energy mix. My district alone is home to two ethanol plants, a wind farm, and a newly-opened solar plant. Renewables bolster Indiana's local economies while supporting 53,000 Hoosier jobs. […] H.R. 2 would continue to promote the development of alternative sources of energy for the benefit of our economy and the environment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922972/make-our-energy-more-reliable-and-more-affordable#.VYgwFXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "A balanced approach that expands energy exploration can help fuel our economic engine, and opportunities to utilize alternative and renewable energy sources reflect the reality that we need to continue American prosperity with cutting edge technology and environmental advances. Using our American energy resources will create jobs at home in Indiana and reduce energy costs." http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/issues/energy (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a Letter stating "We are writing to request a sixty day extension of the comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule titled Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (RIN 2060-AQ91). […] In some states nearly ninety percent of electricity is coal-powered, so consumers could be especially hard-hit. We have already heard an outpouring of concern from constituents alarmed about this proposal's impact on energy affordability, job creation, and long-term economic growth." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/838523/letter-to-gina-mccarthy-administrator-of-the-environmental-protection-agency-standards-of-performance-for-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-new-stationary-sources-electric-utility-generating-units#.VYgyBHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week, the commissioner of Indiana's Department of Environmental Management testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee that, in fact, 28,000 Hoosiers are employed in the coal industry and that our State sits on top of a 300-year supply of this abundant resource. By rolling back the disastrous proposed EPA regulations on coal-fired gas plants, this bill will save Hoosiers 32 percent on their electric rates and keep our businesses competitive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922972/make-our-energy-more-reliable-and-more-affordable/?search=carbon#.VYgzXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I do not believe in an assault rifle ban, and I’ll fight against any federal legislation that seeks to undo or preempt Indiana’s concealed-carry laws and lifetime handgun permits." http://www.susanbrooksforcongress.com/issues/ (www.susanbrooksforcongress.com)
  • "I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I will work tirelessly in Congress to ensure that our constitutional rights are never infringed. I do not believe an assault rifle ban would be a wise or useful policy. I do, however, believe we have an obligation to do our best to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those that are truly mentally ill in order to protect our families and friends. Therefore, I am open to considering legislation that requires background checks for all guns sold at gun shows so long as the background checks remain quick and efficient, do not lead to any national registration of firearms or gun owners, and does not extend to sales between private citizens. Last week, the commissioner of Indiana's Department of Environmental Management testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee that, in fact, 28,000 Hoosiers are employed in the coal industry and that our State sits on top of a 300-year supply of this abundant resource. By rolling back the disastrous proposed EPA regulations on coal-fired gas plants, this bill will save Hoosiers 32 percent on their electric rates and keep our businesses competitive." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/922972/make-our-energy-more-reliable-and-more-affordable/?search=carbon#.VYgzXXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135988/susan-brooks/37#.VXoJUXUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "However, we must do more than simply roll back this failed policy. We must present a better path forward empowering individuals without insurance to find health care solutions that meet their needs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/784529/brooks-obamacare-is-a-failed-policy/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VYg2QnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "We will try to repeal it again, but we have to have a replacement plan attached to it." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940275/herald-bulletin-brooks-gop-must-show-it-can-govern/?search=tax#.VXoMKHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "That’s why I’ve voted to delay, defund, and repeal this job-killing legislation." http://www.susanbrooksforcongress.com/issues/obamacare/ (www.susanbrooksforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "In discussions of immigration reform, we must not, however, group legal immigrants in to the discussion of undocumented immigrants. We need to reform our legal immigration system. Legal immigrants make huge contributions to our country and Indiana in particular. We must respect those who have entered America legally and contribute to our economy and communities."http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/issues/immigration (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "I remain committed to effective and lasting immigration reform that fixes a clearly broken system. But we must do this through a collaborative process that allows everyone to make their voices heard rather than the 'go it alone' approach outlined by President Obama this evening. This is not how a representative government should work.Tonight, the President directly contradicted his own previous statements to the American people on the role of Congress and the executive branch in altering our nation's immigration laws. We must now explore both legislative and legal options to ensure the White House does not exceed its constitutional authority." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/940273/brooks-statement-on-president-obamas-executive-action/?search=immigration#.VXoQynUViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Marriage, I do believe, is a state issue . . . I believe that those issues are something that people need to advocate their local city councilors and their state legislators. I learned this as U.S. attorney and working in the federal government, the states in this country are so different. That's a good thing, I think, for states to be different. Federal government shouldn't try to make all of our states all the same and so I believe that all people should be treated equally, I believe in the Constitution, and I do not believe people should be discriminated against." http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/candidate-profile-susan-brooks/Content?oid=2506591 (www.nuvo.net)
  • Rated 0% by the Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1256/rating/7728#.VgLjVnUViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I understand that a world without U.S. leadership will be a more chaotic place, a place where we have less influence, and a place where our citizens face more dangers and fewer opportunities. I believe in a strong military that has the ability to expand our influence abroad and our security at home." http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/issues/defense-and-veterans (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "ISIL controls territory larger than the state of Indiana, has vast financial resources and recruits fighters from Western nations. ISIL poses a security risk to the United States that must be overcome. That's why I voted in favor of an amendment to the Continuing Resolution authorizing the United States government to supply vital equipment and training to appropriately vetted Syrian rebels." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/923265/brooks-threats-to-security-require-action (votesmart.org)
  • "Defeating ISIS is critical to our security interests and we must act upon a smart and decisive plan to do so." http://susanwbrooks.house.gov/media-center/in-the-news/susan-brooks-remember-911-stay-alert-for-new-threats (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Rated 10% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/135988/susan-brooks/53 (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.

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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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