Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Homeland Security

Keeping the homeland safe and our citizens secure is the primary role of the federal government. We must be prepared for all hazards, natural disasters and terrorist threats, and to defend our nation and our way of life against those who want to harm us. I will focus on providing individuals and agencies that protect our country with all the tools necessary to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.

National security must be above partisan politics. As a former U.S. Attorney, I served as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the Southern District of Indiana, where my top priority was protecting Hoosiers. Every day for six years, I was proud to be part of a remarkable team of federal, state and local law enforcement colleagues, intelligence agencies, and emergency responders who worked to strengthen homeland security and counter-terrorism measures. In Congress, I use that knowledge and experience to take all the necessary steps to protect our country from future attacks and to keep Americans safe at home and abroad.

Technology poses challenges and also opportunities in this effort.  In 2015, I worked with my colleagues in Congress to establish a public-private working group that would set up guidance and best practices for using social media during a terrorist attack or other emergency. Signed into law in 2016, H.R. 623, the DHS Social Media Improvement Act of 2015, requires the Department of Homeland Security to bring together federal, state and local government and private sector representatives to improve communications and information sharing between the public and private sector in a crisis. This will help the public and the agencies involved be better informed in the midst of an emergency.

We must continue to be on the look out for suspicious behavior in our communities, as attacks could, and have, happened on American soil. The role of every citizen to combat national and international terrorism is essential. Social and digital media are at the center of effective response and prevention efforts. Law enforcement and intelligence organizations can gather information about and alert the public to persons of interest using social and digital media platforms. When the law enforcement community and the intelligence community works together, future attacks are prevented, ensuring the safety of Americans across the country.

To read an op-ed I wrote about the role social media plays in our national security, click here.

For more information on the A Better Way agenda for National Security, click here

More on Homeland Security

Jun 4, 2019 In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the bipartisan Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing (PAHPA) Innovation Act of 2019, which now heads to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature to make it law.

Feb 27, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Indiana's two Democrat representatives voted to terminate the national emergency declared by Pres. Trump to get money for a physical wall on the southern border of the United States. Thirteen Republicans also voted to end the emergency.

Every House Democrat did. The resolution to end the emergency passed 245 to 182.

Feb 26, 2019 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) voted to support the President’s national emergency declaration that addresses the immigration crisis at our southern border. Brooks provided the following statement:

Jan 15, 2019 In The News

During a White House lunch focused on ending the government shutdown with House Republicans Tuesday, President Trump remained committed to his demand for $5.7 billion for a wall on the southern border, while continuing to distance himself from declaring a national emergency in order to get it.

“The topic was brought up only once — not by the president — and we spent hardly any time on it,” Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), who attended the lunch, told Axios.

Jan 15, 2019 In The News

President Donald Trump’s attempt to bypass Democratic congressional leaders to break open negotiations on the government shutdown fell flat as he failed to persuade any of the party’s rank-and-file members to attend a hastily arranged White House meeting Tuesday.

“Today, the president offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House,” White House Secretary Sarah Sanders said. “Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend.”

Jan 9, 2019 In The News

Rep. Susan Brooks says the current shutdown of the federal government could provide the opportunity for the nation to address border security. The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, is now in its third week as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are unable to reach agreement on construction of a border wall.

Jan 9, 2019 In The News

President Trump delivered his first-ever prime time address from the Oval Office on Tuesday night to make his case for funding a southern border wall, while emphasizing what he called the "growing humanitarian and security crisis" of surging illegal immigration.

Jan 8, 2019 In The News

Republican Congresswoman Susan Brooks discussed the government shutdown with Gordon Deal.

Jan 8, 2019 In The News

CARMEL – Rep. Susan Brooks says the current shutdown of the federal government could provide the opportunity for the nation to address border security.

The partial government shutdown, which started Dec. 22, is now entering its third week as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats are unable to reach agreement on construction of a border wall.

Jan 6, 2019 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS - Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) appeared on this week's edition of IN Focus to discuss the ongoing government shutdown and the new Congress taking office this past week, with Democrats now in control of the House of Representatives.