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Mo Brooks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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 2017 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 issue positions, from the year 2017, 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

  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life 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_0EiE6ofI (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

  • "High taxes promote socialism. […] Some candidates talk about fighting tax increases yet trade away their beliefs once in office. Not Mo Brooks. Mo Brooks fights the anti-tax fight." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/509769/#.WT_0dSE6ofJ (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)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/509769/#.WUAERyE6ofJ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The benefits to America of the Keystone XL pipeline are profound." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/946529/brooks-votes-yes-on-keystone-to-protect-national-security-and-lower-gasoline-prices/?search=keystone#.WT_3CyE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline is critical to America's energy needs." https://brooks.house.gov/media-center/news-releases/rep-brooks-statement-presidents-rejection-keystone-xl-pipeline (brooks.house.gov)
  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" https://votesmart.org/bill/19390/50944/121610/a-bill-to-approve-the-keystone-xl-pipeline#.WT_3wCE6ofI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer 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)
  • "[...] the House Republican plan for creating jobs and ending destructive policies has included several prominent pieces of legislation, such as the EPA Regulatory Relief Act and the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011, both of which the Congressman cosponsored." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/826331/issue-position-environment#.WUAFsiE6ofI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 90% by Gun Owners of America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks/37#.WT_2RyE6ofl (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks/37#.WT_2RyE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "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)
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. 1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017" https://votesmart.org/bill/22765/59189/121610/american-health-care-act-of-2017#.WUAAfiE6ofI (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)
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

  • "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)
  • "The DREAM Act gives amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, thereby legitimizing illegal conduct and depriving American citizens of job opportunities. […] We must fight for American citizens, not for illegal aliens." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/636567/#.WT_9qiE6ofJ (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Federal Marriage Amendment measure [...] drew 28 co-sponsors, including U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville. Brooks is the only Alabama congressman who has signed on to the measure." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/806798/alcom-congressman-mo-brooks-joins-kansas-rep-in-seeking-constitutional-ban-on-same-sex-marriage/?search=marriage#.WT_-9CE6ofJ (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/121610/mo-brooks/13#.WT_9MiE6ofJ (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H. Amdt. 1416 "Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/15600/41178/121610/prohibits-use-of-funds-in-contravention-of-the-defense-of-marriage-act#.WT_5oSE6ofI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I do not support America raising, training, and arming a rebel army to fight in Syria's civil war." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/921774/brooks-i-do-not-support-america-raising-training-and-arming-a-rebel-army-to-fight-in-syrias-civil-war/?search=syria#.WUAC9yE6ofI (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] I believe attacking Syria unilaterally makes matters worse, not better. Absent a major international effort to punish Syrian President Assad for his inhumane and criminal use of chemical weapons, I cannot and will not in good conscience vote on the House floor or in the Foreign Affairs or Armed Services Committees to attack Syria." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/811537/mo-brooks-of-alabama-voting-no-on-attacking-syria/?search=syria#.WUACfSE6ofI (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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/552879/#.WT_4viE6ofJ (votesmart.org)

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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

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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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