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Mo Brooks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (AL) - District 5, Republican
Mo Brooks has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WT_zriE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I am, and always have been, pro-life." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162737/issue-position-right-to-life#.WT_0EiE6ofl (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WT_zriE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I am, and always have been, pro-life." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162737/issue-position-right-to-life#.WT_0EiE6ofl (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

  • Rated 84% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTFZ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Fair Tax is a tax that abolishes the income tax, it denies the federal government the ability to snoop into American citizens' incomes, savings, and bank accounts, while still producing the revenue that is needed to fund the federal government." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/974406/alabama-congressmen-co-sponsor-fair-tax-bill-to-throw-out-tax-code-abolish-irs#.WT_1diE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 84% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTFZ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Fair Tax is a tax that abolishes the income tax, it denies the federal government the ability to snoop into American citizens' incomes, savings, and bank accounts, while still producing the revenue that is needed to fund the federal government." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/974406/alabama-congressmen-co-sponsor-fair-tax-bill-to-throw-out-tax-code-abolish-irs#.WT_1diE6ofI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The measure passed by the House tonight, with my supporting vote, increases full year national security spending by more than $50 billion, while limiting all other federal discretionary spending at last year's levels. As such, this legislation walks a narrow path between financial responsibility and adequate national security funding." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225591/the-narrow-path-funding-national-security-while-avoiding-national-insolvency/?search=defense%20spending#.WtTHx2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTFZ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by Peace Action West https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTFZ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The measure passed by the House tonight, with my supporting vote, increases full year national security spending by more than $50 billion, while limiting all other federal discretionary spending at last year's levels. As such, this legislation walks a narrow path between financial responsibility and adequate national security funding." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1225591/the-narrow-path-funding-national-security-while-avoiding-national-insolvency/?search=defense%20spending#.WtTHx2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTFZ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 9% by Peace Action West https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTFZ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTFZ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTFZ2dyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Brooks has repeatedly called on Congress to cut spending in a major way, and has consistently supported financially responsible, non-defense, spending cuts with his votes." https://brooks.house.gov/issues/budget-and-debt (brooks.house.gov)
  • "Brooks has repeatedly called on Congress to cut spending in a major way, and has consistently supported financially responsible, non-defense, spending cuts with his votes." https://brooks.house.gov/issues/budget-and-debt (brooks.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I was pleased the President tonight addressed restarting the engine of the American economy and removing burdensome regulations that have made it so difficult to start and grow a business in America." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154335/brooks-statement-on-president-trumps-address-to-congress#.WcwEJme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I was pleased the President tonight addressed restarting the engine of the American economy and removing burdensome regulations that have made it so difficult to start and grow a business in America." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154335/brooks-statement-on-president-trumps-address-to-congress#.WcwEJme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62172/121610/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WtTGIGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62172/121610/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WtTGIGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? 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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/826327/issue-position-education#.WUABESE6ofJ (votesmart.org)
  • "In my view, the federal government has no business dictating to local and state governments how to operate their K-12 schools." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154332/house-acts-to-nullify-harmful-federal-regulations#.WUABXCE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] 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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/826327/issue-position-education#.WUABESE6ofJ (votesmart.org)
  • "In my view, the federal government has no business dictating to local and state governments how to operate their K-12 schools." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1154332/house-acts-to-nullify-harmful-federal-regulations#.WUABXCE6ofI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 6% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTGWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 6% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTGWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The EPA is misusing the Clean Air Act to force states to implement higher cost greenhouse gas emission standards without regard for the damage ensuing higher utility costs will have on strained American family budgets" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/992982/alabama-congressmen-vote-to-stall-epa-plan-that-would-increase-utility-bills#.WUAEvCE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05), at a Science Committee hearing, questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy concerning the critical flaws of the underlying science used to justify the EPA’s rule for ozone pollution standards. The ozone regulations, which are backed by the agency’s political agenda, not sound science, will hurt American industry and cost unreasonable amounts to implement, all for little to no environmental benefit." https://brooks.house.gov/media-center/news-releases/brooks-questions-epa-administrator-misguided-ozone-rule (brooks.house.gov)
  • "The EPA is misusing the Clean Air Act to force states to implement higher cost greenhouse gas emission standards without regard for the damage ensuing higher utility costs will have on strained American family budgets" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/992982/alabama-congressmen-vote-to-stall-epa-plan-that-would-increase-utility-bills#.WUAEvCE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "Energy policy should promote free markets solutions that balance supply and demand in order to ensure dependable energy production for today and future generations. Congressman Brooks believes that our nation’s energy policy should be based on sensible solutions instead of burdensome regulations." https://brooks.house.gov/issues/energy (brooks.house.gov)
  • Rated 6% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTGWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05), at a Science Committee hearing, questioned EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy concerning the critical flaws of the underlying science used to justify the EPA’s rule for ozone pollution standards. The ozone regulations, which are backed by the agency’s political agenda, not sound science, will hurt American industry and cost unreasonable amounts to implement, all for little to no environmental benefit." https://brooks.house.gov/media-center/news-releases/brooks-questions-epa-administrator-misguided-ozone-rule (brooks.house.gov)
  • "Energy policy should promote free markets solutions that balance supply and demand in order to ensure dependable energy production for today and future generations. Congressman Brooks believes that our nation’s energy policy should be based on sensible solutions instead of burdensome regulations." https://brooks.house.gov/issues/energy (brooks.house.gov)
  • Rated 6% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTGWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As an Alabamian, I understand and respect gun rights in America. With liberal special interests across the country working everyday to undermine our gun rights, I will continue to fight back against any attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights." https://mobrooksforsenate.com/issues/the-second-amendment/ (mobrooksforsenate.com)
  • "Gun rights are more than a protection of America's hunting and sporting traditions. Its purpose is to ensure Americans have the means to protect our lives, our families, our homes, and our country." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162735/issue-position-the-second-amendment#.WT_1-yE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks/37#.WT_2RyE6ofl (votesmart.org)
  • "As an Alabamian, I understand and respect gun rights in America. With liberal special interests across the country working everyday to undermine our gun rights, I will continue to fight back against any attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights." https://mobrooksforsenate.com/issues/the-second-amendment/ (mobrooksforsenate.com)
  • "Gun rights are more than a protection of America's hunting and sporting traditions. Its purpose is to ensure Americans have the means to protect our lives, our families, our homes, and our country." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162735/issue-position-the-second-amendment#.WT_1-yE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks/37#.WT_2RyE6ofl (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I have voted 50+ times to repeal or defund ObamaCare in whole or in part, and I have cosponsored legislation that replaces ObamaCare with common sense health care solutions that are patient/doctor and free enterprise centered." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162734/issue-position-healthcare/?search=obamacare#.WT__vCE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "I have voted 50+ times to repeal or defund ObamaCare in whole or in part, and I have cosponsored legislation that replaces ObamaCare with common sense health care solutions that are patient/doctor and free enterprise centered." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162734/issue-position-healthcare/?search=obamacare#.WT__vCE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I rise to proudly vote to repeal ObamaCare, the most dysfunctional law to ever pass United States Congress." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/787383/repeal-of-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act/?search=obamacare#.WT__-iE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I rise to proudly vote to repeal ObamaCare, the most dysfunctional law to ever pass United States Congress." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/787383/repeal-of-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act/?search=obamacare#.WT__-iE6ofI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTGWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTGWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I think we are going to pass funding for about $1.6 billion for a border security wall, that is what President Trump wants. However, when it goes to the Senate, if past history is any guide, it is going to get stripped out. We saw something similar to that happen in April, where the Senate refused to support President Trump's border security wall, in effect denying the voters, the tens of millions of voters in the United States, who want that security on our southern border." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183877/brooks-to-senate-fight-for-the-american-people-build-the-wall/?search=border#.WtTIyGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "I think we are going to pass funding for about $1.6 billion for a border security wall, that is what President Trump wants. However, when it goes to the Senate, if past history is any guide, it is going to get stripped out. We saw something similar to that happen in April, where the Senate refused to support President Trump's border security wall, in effect denying the voters, the tens of millions of voters in the United States, who want that security on our southern border." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1183877/brooks-to-senate-fight-for-the-american-people-build-the-wall/?search=border#.WtTIyGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
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

  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTGWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Brooks supports and will vote for any substantive measure that removes illegal aliens from America." https://brooks.house.gov/issues/immigration (brooks.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Federation for American Immigration Reform https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks#.WtTGWmdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Congressman Brooks supports and will vote for any substantive measure that removes illegal aliens from America." https://brooks.house.gov/issues/immigration (brooks.house.gov)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "If Iran becomes a nuclear state, it will destabilize the Middle East and seriously threaten the survival of our strongest ally in the region. Netanyahu gave an excellent portrayal of the dangers associated with Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. A nuclear Iran threatens not only Israel, but the peace of the entire world. I pray the American people, and the world, are listening. As long as Iran continues its reign of aggression and support of terror, the United States must insist that restrictions on Iran's nuclear program remain in place." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/955165/a-nuclear-iran-threaterns-not-only-israel-but-the-peace-of-the-entire-world/?search=middle%20east#.WtTJ92dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "If Iran becomes a nuclear state, it will destabilize the Middle East and seriously threaten the survival of our strongest ally in the region. Netanyahu gave an excellent portrayal of the dangers associated with Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. A nuclear Iran threatens not only Israel, but the peace of the entire world. I pray the American people, and the world, are listening. As long as Iran continues its reign of aggression and support of terror, the United States must insist that restrictions on Iran's nuclear program remain in place." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/955165/a-nuclear-iran-threaterns-not-only-israel-but-the-peace-of-the-entire-world/?search=middle%20east#.WtTJ92dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Joined Bloomberg @markets today to shed light on the national security threat posed by both North Korea & Iran. As a member of the @HouseForeign committee, nuclear weapons in the hands of either hostile nation concerns me greatly." https://twitter.com/RepMoBrooks/status/997202810277068800 (twitter.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In today’s @HouseForeign hearing panelist agreed we must defeat the ideology of #ISIS to combat violent extremism." https://twitter.com/RepMoBrooks/status/566019331218505728 (twitter.com)
  • "The people of Israel are engaged in a fight to protect their home, a fight for survival. America must stand with Israel without hesitation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/955165/a-nuclear-iran-threaterns-not-only-israel-but-the-peace-of-the-entire-world/?search=middle%20east#.WtTJ92dyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The people of Israel are engaged in a fight to protect their home, a fight for survival. America must stand with Israel without hesitation." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/955165/a-nuclear-iran-threaterns-not-only-israel-but-the-peace-of-the-entire-world/?search=middle%20east#.WtTJ92dyIfI (votesmart.org)

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