By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, July 21, 2017, US Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) endorsed Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) for United States Senate. Congressman Smith has known Congressman Brooks since 2010, and the two have worked closely as members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and as staunch opponents of illegal immigration.
Congressman Smith said, “I have known Congressman Mo Brooks since he was elected in 2010. Congressman Brooks is smart, honest and conservative. That is a powerful combination. Congressman Mo Brooks is a straight shooter. When he gives his word, you can bank on it. Congressman Mo Brooks’ ethics are above reproach. He puts America’s interests above his own.”
Rep. Smith said, “Mo Brooks is a fighter for America’s future. Congressman Mo Brooks has both the intellect and backbone Washington needs to rise to the very serious challenges America faces. Challenges like deficits and debt that threaten America with a national insolvency; the tidal wave of illegal immigration that undermines American jobs and wages; national security and geopolitical threats; and the fight between free enterprise Capitalism and Socialism.
Much of the gridlock our country faces is due to the threat of a filibuster in the US Senate. A single Democratic senator, sitting in their office, can require 60 votes for a bill, rather than the usual majority of 51, simply by threatening a filibuster. That procedure has stopped hundreds of good, conservative bills from being considered. This current filibuster rule, which dates back only to 1975, should be changed so Democracy will prevail. Mo Brooks will vote to repeal the filibuster and allow President Trump’s Legislative agenda to be considered.”
Rep. Congressman Brooks has been an active and valued member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, which I chair. He has been a strong advocate of our space program. And he represents Alabama with hard work, integrity, and conviction.
I don’t know the other candidates for the US Senate. I do know this. President Trump needs Congressman Brooks in the Senate if our conservative goals are going to be accomplished. I was the first Congressman to make a contribution to Donald Trump’s campaign for president. That is why I also take pride in having been the first Congressman to make a contribution to Mo Brooks’ campaign for the United States Senate. I know Mo Brooks will be a strong supporter of the President.”
Smith is the Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. He was in Huntsville for a tour of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Congressman Brooks is a member of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and serves as the Vice Chairman for the Space Subcommittee.
Today’s was Lamar Smith’s first visit to the Marshall Space Flight Center. The two Congress toured Marshall’s new test stand and test facilities for Space Launch System lower stage components, the International Space Station’s Payload Operations Center, Marshall’s additive manufacturing (3D Printing) capabilities, and test facilities for the Space Launch System’s computer and aeronautics components. Congressman Brooks also took Congressman Smith on a brief tour of the Davidson Center and its Saturn V rocket.
Congressman Mo Brooks said, “It was a privilege to welcome my friend, Chairman Lamar Smith, to Huntsville and introduce him to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the incredible engineers and scientists in North Alabama who diligently support America’s space program.”
Rep. Brooks added, “As a result of President Trump and Chairman Smith’s leadership, America has refocused its commitment to space exploration and returned NASA funding to what its name implies: aeronautics and space. The Science, Space, and Technology Committee members understand the value of America’s space program and will fight for adequate funding. I was proud to share with Chairman Smith the contributions of the Tennessee Valley that support our space program and ensure American preeminence in human space exploration.”
The Special Major Party Primary is on August 15, 2017. If necessary, the Special Major Party Primary runoff election will be September 28. The Special General Election will be on December 12, 2017.
Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) has also endorsed Mo Brooks for Senate.