Brooks calls compromise Senate spending bill “A debt junkie’s dream”

February 9, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, made a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representative critical of the compromise spending bill expected to reach the House this week.

Afterwards Brooks released a statement explaining why he opposes the bill.

“Yesterday, the House passed with my supporting vote a spending bill that increases national security spending by more than $50 billion while limiting all other federal discretionary spending at 2017 levels. As such, yesterday’s spending bill walked a narrow path between financial responsibility and adequate national security funding,” Brooks said.  “Today, Senate Democrats demand excessive non-defense spending that America simply cannot afford. Despite America’s dire financial straits, Senate Democrats demand that we spend money we don’t have, have to borrow to get, and cannot afford to pay back. In sum, the Senate Democrat spending bill is a debt junkie’s dream. If the Senate Democrat debt junkie spending bill passes, America’s annual deficit in 2018 is likely to blow through the trillion dollar mark indefinitely until the country suffers a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy that destroys a proud nation it took our ancestors centuries to build.”

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State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw ends campaign for Congress

January 26, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, announced that he is ending his effort to win the Republican nomination for the Fifth Congressional District. Holtzclaw, who earlier had announced that he will not run for another term for state Senate, had been challenging popular incumbent Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville.

“After much consideration I have decided to end my campaign for Congress in the 5th Congressional District,” Holtzclaw announced. “Two weeks ago, I began my final legislative session as the State Senator for District 2. At times it has been ‘rough and tumble,’ but in the end it has been a rewarding 8 years serving as a member of the Alabama State Senate. I’m proud to have championed legislation for small businesses, veterans’ affairs and to combat driving under the influence, along with numerous issues that constituents brought to my attention. I am proud of the passage of such bills and the positive changes they have brought to the lives of everyday Alabamians.”

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US Rep. Mo Brooks supports bill that would give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments

January 19, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, who represents Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, delivered a House floor speech Thursday calling for a vote on Senate Bill S. 204, the Right to Try Act, which would give terminally ill patients the right to try experimental treatments that have not yet completed the Food and Drug Administration’s lengthy and complex approval process.

That process can take years if not decades.

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Clayton Hinchman is challenging Mo Brooks

January 18, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Businessman and former U.S. Army Captain Clayton Hinchman is running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District. The 5th Congressional District is currently represented by Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, and Brooks has also qualified setting up for a contested Republican primary.

“The top job of the congressman for this district should be working as an ambassador for the district in recruiting jobs for North Alabama and creating a thriving business environment by working with local leaders in each area to have a focused vision for North Alabama,” Hinchman wrote on his website. “Creating jobs starts by having an office that is open for business. Companies that are looking to create opportunities throughout the United States need to know that our office will be open to every discussion and will look at every option to bring in business, and will work with existing businesses to help in growth.”

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Mo Brooks recovering from Prostatectomy

December 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, December 15, 2017, Congressman Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced that he had undergone the prostatectomy he mentioned during a House floor speech on Wednesday, December 13.

The procedure went well according to Brooks’ family and the Congressman is recovering. Results from full pathology tests will be available in the coming weeks, but preliminary lab tests came back clear, indicating that all cancer was removed with the prostate. Congressman Brooks is currently scheduled to return home on Saturday to recuperate. Congressman and Mrs. Brooks are very grateful for all of the texts, calls, prayers, and well wishes.
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US Rep. Mo Brooks diagnosed with prostate cancer

December 14, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday that he has prostate cancer.

“This is a very difficult speech for me to give. God works in mysterious ways,” Brooks said. “When you are an elected official, missed votes require an explanation. That is why I disclose this otherwise very personal, very private, and very humbling matter.  On Halloween Night after votes and as I stood on the Capitol steps, my doctor called and said, ‘Congressman Brooks. Bad news. You have high risk prostate cancer.’ I felt an adrenalin rush as a chill went up and down my spine.”

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5th Congressional District Republican Executive Committee supports Roy Moore

November 15, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday night, the 5th Congressional District Republican Executive Committee unanimously adopted a Resolution in support of Roy Moore as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

The 5th Congressional District Republican Executive Committee asks the ALGOP Steering Committee to affirm their support of Judge Moore as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

The 5th Congressional District Republican Executive Committee represents Jackson, Limestone, Lauderdale, Madison, and Morgan counties and meets quarterly at Old Greenbrier Restaurant.

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Brooks is founding member of new NASA Caucus

October 16, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, announced that he was a founding member of the establishment of the bipartisan House National Aeronautics and Space Administration Caucus led by Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Oh.

The stated mission of the caucus is to bring attention to NASA’s economic and national security importance and serve as a forum to educate policy-makers on current NASA initiatives.

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Brooks amendment would end federal subsidies for Amtrak

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 7, 2017, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, urged the U.S. House to adopt his amendment to eliminate federal government operating subsidies of Amtrak.

The economy has recovered from the Great Recession; but the federal government, which shouldered most of the burden of back stopping the banks and the mortgage business in the downturn is still spending far more money than it takes in.  The Brooks amendment would cut Amtrak subsidies propping up the passenger rail monopoly.

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Holtzclaw will challenge Brooks in the Republican primary

August 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, State Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) announced that he will run for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District in the 2018 Republican Primary.  Incumbent Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) has already announced that he will seek re-election to a fifth term.  This will set up a highly contested primary race between the two well known Republicans.

Sen. Holtzclaw said in a statement on social media, “I still believe in the American Dream, because I’m living it. I was orphaned at birth, and lived in a United Methodist Children Home until age 5 when I was taken in by a loving family that raised me as their own. I enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served 20 years on active duty, including service in the Gulf War and Somalia. I married my high school sweetheart 32 years ago, and we’ve raised two wonderful daughters. After retiring from the Marine Corps I worked at NASA and served my community on the Madison City Council and later as a Senator in the Alabama State Legislature. Together we can rekindle the American Dream and make America great again. I’m asking you for another opportunity to serve; to serve as your Congressman for the 5th District.”
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