Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Job Creation and the Economy


Government does not create jobs.  Government creates an environment where private business can grow and create jobs.  We are now competing in a global economy, and our government needs to recognize the evolving needs of American business owners in this global competition.  Our overly complicated tax code, excessive regulations and general uncertainty are squeezing our business community.  As a Member of Congress I will work to create an environment where the private sector has the confidence to invest, innovate, prosper and profit.   I will also support tax reforms that result in a simpler, shorter and fairer tax code for all Hoosiers.

I also hear from businesses that they are struggling to find qualified workers.  I am a proud original cosponsor of the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act because I know we must ensure our schools are training people for the jobs that exist.  This bill streamlines the current inefficient workforce development programs and ensures more dollars are invested in training workers.  Our economy will improve when more Americans are back to work.

Quick Read: Brooks and DelBene to Co-Chair Women’s High Tech Coalition

Quick Read: Brooks op-ed on the SKILLS Act and job creation. 

Work in the District: Connecting Careers & Classrooms

Photos: Brooks visits with local employers.  

Video: Brooks discusses Obamacare's impact on jobs.


More on Job Creation and the Economy

Apr 18, 2017 In The News

ANDERSON — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks described her first visit to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute as impressive in terms of the facility and the programs being offered in Anderson.

Brooks, R-5th District, took a tour of the academic area and the Maker Space facilities that will help foster start-up companies.

“It’s a world-class education facility where students of all ages are going to have the opportunity to learn incredible skills,” she said. “They can then walk through the hallway and look for jobs with the growing companies that are here.”

Mar 30, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the introduction by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which would force broadcast radio stations to pay a performance royalty for musical airplay, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

Mar 10, 2017 In The News

Over the last three years, the women of the Republican Main Street Partnership have traveled the country to have frank discussions about politics and policy with our female constituents. We established the Women2Women Conversations Tour to let women know that, contrary to what they may hear in the media, our political system is not broken or out-of-touch.  These discussions reminded us that all issues are women’s issues.  Recognizing and promoting this fact will result in real change for women and their families.

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

ROSSLYN, Va.—Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 511, the Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act, and H.R. 518, the External Power Supply (EPS) Improvement Act of 2017, by voice votes. Both bills make changes to the Department of Energy (DOE) rulemaking for external power supplies, which was last changed by Congress in 2007.

Dec 18, 2016 In The News

Topics from this week's episode of Indianapolis This Week include: The future of the Affordable Care Act, a chat with Susan Brooks and Andre Carson, the legacy of Greg Zoller as attorney general.

Dec 13, 2016 In The News

Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) visited Westfield High School to participate in an Hour of Code event during Computer Science Education Week. 

Nov 14, 2016 In The News

With 2016 being a presidential election year, many issues that will shape America’s future are in front of voters. Bosma Enterprises made participating in May’s primary and November’s upcoming election a little more convenient for employees who are blind or visually impaired. In April, a bipartisan group registered employees who were interested for this year’s elections and came back in May to facilitate them casting their primary votes.

Oct 31, 2016 In The News

Despite Indiana’s growing economy and shrinking unemployment, many Hoosiers are stuck in a generations-long cycle of poverty.

In fact, one in three Americans born into the bottom 20% of the income scale are still stuck there as adults. Despite 13 federal agencies running more than 80 federal programs designed to provide food, housing, health care, job training, education, energy assistance and cash to low-income Americans, the rates of people who climb out of poverty have remained roughly the same for generations.

Oct 12, 2016 In The News

Five Indiana legislators and an Indiana congresswoman participated in a Zionsville Chamber of Commerce luncheon and business expo Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Golf Club of Indiana. The annual event allows local business people to connect and network with one another and listen to a panel of speakers about issues that affect them.

Sep 13, 2016 In The News
U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks visited zWORKS for the first time Aug. 30 to meet small business owners and learn how the state can provide entrepreneur support. She said  she wants to ensure current laws won’t interfere with small and entrepreneurial businesses and wants to be a voice for those business owners in the future.
“Most people in America are employed by small businesses,” she said. “This is a great place.”
Brooks praised zWORKS, a co-working space that opened in 2015.