Restoring Confidence in Congress
I decided to run for Congress in order to restore confidence in Congress and help our body earn back the trust of the American people. Through my work on the House Committee on Ethics, I will have the unique ability to achieve many of these goals and ensure that Members of Congress remember the solemn responsibilities that come from holding their office.
America faces serious issues that require immediate attention by leaders capable of solving big problems. I’ve heard firsthand the frustration Hoosiers feel toward Washington with corruption scandals, the absence of civility, and an unwillingness to put America’s greatest challenges above political bickering. The American public is feeling disillusioned, disheartened, and dissatisfied with Congress members’ unethical and sometimes criminal conduct without consequences.
The only way we can restore the public’s trust and confidence in Congress is to continue to reform Washington and replace the current culture with the highest standard of ethics and accountability – something that Hoosiers and all Americans want and most certainly deserve.
This starts by enacting common sense policies such as preventing insider trading for Members of Congress; prohibiting former Members of Congress from lobbying for six years; enacting congressional term limits; applying healthcare mandates to all Members of Congress; and preventing corrupt politicians from receiving federal pensions.
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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) introduced H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act, which requires prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse, mandatory training, and implementation of policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse at amateur athletic governing bodies. This bill is companion legislation to S. 534 introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
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:
U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) helped lead the introduction of bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that would connect survivors of domestic and sexual violence with legal representation.
The POWER Act would require each U.S. Attorney’s office to host a public event in support of pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in an effort to provide legal representation to more survivors.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep.
Washington, D.C. – In response to a pervasive lack of legal assistance for domestic violence survivors, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today reintroduced the bipartisan POWER Act, which would help connect victims with legal representation.
The House Ethics Committee will meet for the first time in the 115th Congress next week and could make determinations on several complaints pending against lawmakers.
The panel was set to meet twice in the last two weeks but had to postpone its organizational meeting because of scheduling conflicts caused first by marathon markups of the GOP plan to repeal Obamacare, and then because of winter storm Stella.
(WASHINGTON D.C.) - Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats was confirmed as the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday afternoon.
The intelligence position was created in 2004 from fallout from the September 11, 2001 attacks and has become critical in helping prevent another terror attacks.
Coats replaces James Clapper, who retired at the end of the Obama administration.
The Trump Administration’s proposed budget would eliminate funding to the Legal Services Corp., which provides grants to 134 legal aid organizations around the country including Indiana Legal Services Inc.
According to the Washington Post and USA Today, the LSC is among 19 agencies that were cut completely from the White House spending proposal. The LSC, established by Congress in 1974, received $375 million federal appropriation in fiscal year 2015 and $385 million in fiscal year 2016. For fiscal year 2017, the agency had requested $502.7 million.
Washington, D.C. - Today, the Senate confirmed former Indiana Senator Dan Coats to serve as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to President Trump. Coats represented the United States as Ambassador to Germany under the Bush Administration from 2001 to 2005, and while in the U.S. Senate, was an active a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN05) released the following statement applauding his confirmation: