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 angencies, 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.
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Washington, D.C. – This morning, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) participated with Speaker Paul Ryan (WI01), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA23), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA01), Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA05), and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN02) in the weekly House Republican press conference. Brooks condemned the terrorist attack in Manchester, England, and as previously planned, spoke about her legislation to protect young Olympic hopefuls from abuse.
ANDERSON – U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks has made her first trip to visit American troops deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Brooks, R-5th District, joined a group of bipartisan congresswomen on the trip, which focused on meeting U.S. female service members, thanking them for their service, particularly during Mother’s Day, and learning about their experiences in the military.
During the visit, Brooks distributed Mother’s Day cards that were made by local students.
Washington, D.C. – Earlier this month, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) joined a group of bipartisan Congresswomen on a trip to visit deployed American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The trip focused on meeting U.S. female service members, thanking them for their service, particularly during Mother’s Day, and learning about their experiences in the military. In addition, members of the Congressional delegation met with Afghan and Iraqi women who are leaders in their communities, government, media and business.
Congresswoman Val Demings was part of a bipartisan group of Representatives who visited Iraq and Afghanistan over the weekend, including Mother’s Day where they delivered Mother’s Day cards to the female soldiers. The cards were made by students here in the Orlando area 10th district she represents.
Orlando’s U.S. Rep. Val Demings and Miami’s U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made a week-long visit to visit troops in Afghanistan and Iraq this week, including a Mother’s Day visit at which Demings was able to deliver cards from students in her Florida’s 10th Congressional District.
Demings, a Democrat, and Ros-Lehtinen were part of a bipartisan group of members of Congress to make the tour to conduct oversight of U.S. operations in Afghanistan and Iraq with a focus on the contribution, efforts, and concerns of women in the United States Armed Forces and local women.
KABUL - A bi-partisan women’s Congressional delegation (CODEL) led by U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) visited Afghanistan May 9 and 10. The CODEL conducted oversight of American operations in Afghanistan with a focus on the contribution, efforts, and concerns of U.S. women in the U.S. Armed Forces with an additional focus on gender issues and challenges facing Afghan women.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, which will ensure that existing sanctions against North Korea are enforced and gives the administration additional tools to crack down on the North Korean regime in the wake of continued provocations and threats. Congresswoman Susan Brooks issued the following statement in support of H.R. 1644:
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) met with members of the Syria Civil Defense (SCD), also known as the White Helmets. Mounir Mustafa, deputy head of the SCD, Jehad Mahameed, liaison officer of the SCD, and Manal Abazeed, SCD volunteer, are three of the more than 3,000 volunteers that provide emergency medical assistance to civilians caught in Syria’s civil war. The SCD is a neutral and impartial organization dedicated to serving the people of Syria. Volunteers are unarmed and pledge to help anyone in need, regardless of religion or politics.