Representative Mo 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 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, 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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  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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)

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  • 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)

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  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • 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)

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  • "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)

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  • "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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