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Susan Brooks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IN) - District 5, Republican

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Susan Brooks has failed 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.

  • "As a Pro-life Republican, I support the Hyde Amendment which prohibits federal subsidies for abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro life […]" (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, as a #ProLife Member of Congress, I voted to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on the House Floor. Science has proven that unborn children of 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain. This bill gives millions of unborn children a chance to live #TheyFeelPain" (twitter.com)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee (votesmart.org)
  • "The signing of these historic tax cuts into law is a win for people who need tax relief the most: middle-income families. By doubling the standard deduction, increasing the Child Tax credit, lowering the threshold for the medical expense deduction, continuing graduate student tuition exemptions and reducing the tax burden on all taxpayers, Hoosiers in the Fifth District will soon take home more of the money they work so hard to earn." (votesmart.org)
  • "Leaders on both sides of the aisle want to see our middle class grow and prosper. But President Obama must recognize penalizing one group of Americans in order to help others is not a winning strategy. It will not produce real results and only makes our political discourse even more divisive." (votesmart.org)
  • "I have serious concerns with proposals to raise taxes on families and businesses. Congress should be focused on advancing the best solutions to spur economic recovery. I’m a supporter of pro-growth economic policies that stimulate the economy and create jobs. I believe in a low-rate tax system which fosters an environment for growth and brings certainty to the marketplace." (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "Hoosiers know the vital importance of defense spending, not only because it protects our national security but also because it creates jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "The President's budget raises taxes and still fails to balance our nation's checkbook. Taking more money from hardworking taxpayers to fund another federal spending spree won't turn our economy around or help people find the jobs they need." (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "As government grows, private sector job growth slows. Businesses, not the government, create the jobs that grow our economy. Small businesses are the engine of our economy; they've historically led us out of recessions and economic downturns." (votesmart.org)
  • "We cannot tax and spend our way into prosperity." (www.susanbrooksforcongress.com)
  • "I have serious concerns with proposals to raise taxes on families and businesses. Congress should be focused on advancing the best solutions to spur economic recovery. I'm a supporter of pro-growth economic policies that stimulate the economy and create jobs. I believe in a low-rate tax system which fosters an environment for growth and brings certainty to the marketplace." (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "Chairman Ryan's budget provides a useful roadmap for a smarter, more efficient government that will make upward mobility a reality for more Americans. […] It also includes tax reforms that will keep more money in people's pockets and make our nation more competitive to potential employers." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (votesmart.org)
  • "I support policies that empower parents, teachers and local schools rather than government bureaucrats." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association (votesmart.org)
  • "I will work to create an educational system that emphasizes high standards, accountability for results, local control, transparency and parental choice. Federal funding to the states should be distributed to the states with discretion to spend federal funds on new, creative and accountable programs that will better educate children while controlling the out-of-control cost of education." (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "A balanced approach that expands energy exploration can help fuel our economic engine, and opportunities to utilize alternative and renewable energy sources reflect the reality that we need to continue American prosperity with cutting edge technology and environmental advances. Using our American energy resources will create jobs at home in Indiana and reduce energy costs." (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "Make no mistake, I also fully understand the value that renewable resources play in our energy mix. My district alone is home to two ethanol plants, a wind farm, and a newly-opened solar plant. Renewables bolster Indiana's local economies while supporting 53,000 Hoosier jobs. […] H.R. 2 would continue to promote the development of alternative sources of energy for the benefit of our economy and the environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a Letter stating "We are writing to request a sixty day extension of the comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule titled Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units (RIN 2060-AQ91). […] In some states nearly ninety percent of electricity is coal-powered, so consumers could be especially hard-hit. We have already heard an outpouring of concern from constituents alarmed about this proposal's impact on energy affordability, job creation, and long-term economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Environment America (votesmart.org)
  • "Last week, the commissioner of Indiana's Department of Environmental Management testified before the Energy and Commerce Committee that, in fact, 28,000 Hoosiers are employed in the coal industry and that our State sits on top of a 300-year supply of this abundant resource. By rolling back the disastrous proposed EPA regulations on coal-fired gas plants, this bill will save Hoosiers 32 percent on their electric rates and keep our businesses competitive." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe in the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. I support federal legislation that would create a national Castle Doctrine, which would give all Americans the right to defend themselves against intruders in their own homes. I will oppose any federal legislation that seeks to undo or preempt Indiana's concealed carry laws and lifetime handgun permits." (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not believe in an assault rifle ban, and I'll fight against any federal legislation that seeks to undo or preempt Indiana's concealed-carry laws and lifetime handgun permits." (www.susanbrooksforcongress.com)
  • "[...] I've voted to delay, defund, and repeal this job-killing legislation." (www.susanbrooksforcongress.com)
  • "Obamacare is failing our country, and, if left untouched, will continue to drag Americans down with it." (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] we must do more than simply roll back this failed policy. We must present a better path forward empowering individuals without insurance to find health care solutions that meet their needs." (votesmart.org)
  • "We will try to repeal it again, but we have to have a replacement plan attached to it." (votesmart.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • "I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to find a compassionate resolution that will not punish children for the actions of their parents. Sending these children back to countries they are not familiar with is not the solution." (votesmart.org)
  • "In discussions of immigration reform, we must not, however, group legal immigrants in to the discussion of undocumented immigrants. We need to reform our legal immigration system. Legal immigrants make huge contributions to our country and Indiana in particular. We must respect those who have entered America legally and contribute to our economy and communities." (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • "I remain committed to effective and lasting immigration reform that fixes a clearly broken system. But we must do this through a collaborative process that allows everyone to make their voices heard rather than the 'go it alone' approach outlined by President Obama this evening. This is not how a representative government should work.Tonight, the President directly contradicted his own previous statements to the American people on the role of Congress and the executive branch in altering our nation's immigration laws. We must now explore both legislative and legal options to ensure the White House does not exceed its constitutional authority." (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to fix this problem in a bipartisan way because they have grown up in our schools, with our children, pledged allegiance to our flag, and are part of this country. […] Sending these motivated young people back to countries they are not familiar with is not the solution." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 17% by National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (votesmart.org)
  • "In Congress, I am committed to stopping Iran’s nuclear proliferation and fulfilling our constitutional obligation to "provide for the common defense" of America as well as addressing the continued threats and provocations of the North Korean regime" (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)
  • "This is no idle threat. We must apply sustained diplomatic and financial pressure to the Kim Jong-Un and his regime, and make sure that existing sanctions are enforced to prevent further development of their nuclear powers. It is clear that North Korea represents a threat to our allies and to our troops stationed abroad, particularly those stationed in South Korea and Japan." (votesmart.org)
  • "ISIL controls territory larger than the state of Indiana, has vast financial resources and recruits fighters from Western nations. ISIL poses a security risk to the United States that must be overcome. That's why I voted in favor of an amendment to the Continuing Resolution authorizing the United States government to supply vital equipment and training to appropriately vetted Syrian rebels." (votesmart.org)
  • "Defeating ISIS is critical to our security interests and we must act upon a smart and decisive plan to do so." (susanwbrooks.house.gov)
  • Rated 100% by Center for Security Policy (votesmart.org)

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