Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues

Together with my co-chair Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) and vice co-chairs Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), we work to lead the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. The caucus is an important, bipartisan forum to discuss major policy issues of our day with a focus on how these issues impact women and families. It is comprised of all 88 Republican and Democratic women House Members. In the past, this caucus has been a driving force for a strong Violence Against Women Act and for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

In 2017, members of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues worked together to introduce and pass H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act, which requires amateur athletic governing bodies to:

  • promptly report suspected cases of abuse to law enforcement,
  • institute mandatory training for all members of the national governing body or a facility under the jurisdiction of the national governing body and adults authorized by such members to interact with minor or amateur athletes, and
  • implement policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse.

The Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act stems from recent allegations of sexual abuse made against personnel involved with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming and USA Taekwondo. According to the Indianapolis Star, over the past 20 years, at least 368 victims, many of whom were young athletes, were subjected to sexual abuse by coaches, doctors or other adults affiliated with USA Gymnastics. Although USA Gymnastics received reports of abuse, victims claimed that USA Gymnastics allowed the abuse allegations to remain dormant, including complaints made against coaches who trained and abused young athletes in multiple states.

Watch a video of Rep. Frankel and me talking about the H.R. 1973 immediately after it passed the House here

More on Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues

Oct 1, 2020 In The News

The House cleared by voice vote sweeping legislation Thursday designed to strengthen oversight of U.S. participation in the Olympics.

The bipartisan, bicameral package was the outgrowth of an investigation by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over sports policy.

Jan 28, 2020 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 2153, Keeping Girls in School Act, legislation authored by Congress Members Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) to support the educational empowerment of girls globally.

May 17, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) on May 15 introduced bipartisan legislation that would protect health insurance coverage for mammography screenings.

“Women of all ages are affected by breast cancer and every woman should be able to access mammograms when they need them,” Rep. Brooks said on Wednesday. “Taking preventative measures, such as having mammograms, are key components to combating a disease that takes the lives of too many Hoosiers and Americans.”

Apr 5, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON – The House voted Thursday to reauthorize a 25-year-old law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, despite complaints by Republicans that Democrats were politicizing the popular law by expanding gun control.

Jan 8, 2019 In The News

This year, we’re celebrating Rosie the Riveter’s 76th birthday. Since her debut in 1943, Rosie and the thousands of women she represents who joined the workforce and the war effort have inspired confidence in generations of women. Her “We Can Do It!” message continues to be a rallying cry for women everywhere, including the women in Congress.

Sep 17, 2018 In The News

Republican congresswomen serving on the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues targeted solutions to sexual harassment in the United States workforce during the bipartisan group’s recent Capitol Hill hearing on the topic.

Sep 13, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – As the one-year anniversary of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment allegations approaches, the bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues hosted a hearing about sexual harassment entitled, “#MeToo, What’s Next? Turning a Movement into Action.” Caucus members heard from leaders from a number of industries to discuss ways to promote respect and dignity in the workplace, and ultimately to find innovative and creative solutions to the problem of workplace harassment.

May 24, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing to examine the pervasiveness of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic community and whether there are adequate policies and procedures in place to protect athletes at all levels of sport moving forward.  

May 23, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON – Executives with major sport governing bodies, including Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, appeared before Congress Wednesday, facing tough questions about their ongoing response to sexual abuse allegations.

“What are you doing to protect these young people right now so this never happens again?” Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan) demanded to know.

Apr 30, 2018 In The News

U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Mimi Walters (R-CA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) led members of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues in hosting a hearing this week that explored sexual harassment in male-dominated fields, as well as strategies to effect change in workplace cultures.