Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Jobs, the Economy and Tax Reform

We are in a global competition for jobs, and right now the deck is stacked against American companies and workers. Our overly complicated tax code, excessive regulations and general uncertainty lead to unemployment and underemployment for Hoosiers and inhibit business investment and growth in the United States. Congress should prioritize advancing the best solutions to spur economic recovery, including:

  • Reforming our outdated tax code,  
  • Removing costly and burdensome regulations that only inhibit business growth and do nothing to protect people, and
  • Improving education and training opportunities for students of all ages.

As a supporter of pro-growth policies that stimulate the economy, create jobs and generate a fairer and simpler tax code, I have serious concerns with proposals to raise taxes on families and businesses. I believe in a low-rate tax system which fosters an environment for growth and brings certainty to the marketplace.  Restructuring our tax code so that simplicity, fairness, and economic growth are three of the main themes is a priority for the 115th Congress, and our A Better Way agenda includes a blueprint for tax reform. I am proud to have been recognized each year by the National Federation of Independent Business and the Chamber of Commerce for my support of policies and legislation that promote economic and job growth.

To get and keep a good job, every Hoosier must have the skills to compete, and I’m committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to improve training and education opportunities for students of all ages. That’s why in 2017, I joined Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Mark Takano (D-CA) to introduce H.R. 2308, the 21st Century SHOP CLASS Act, legislation that would upgrade and modernize career and technical education programs in schools across the country. The 21st Century SHOP CLASS Act would define maker education and makerspaces, and amend the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to allow funding for maker education, makerspaces, and training for teachers in the application of maker education.

Additionally, I am a proud original cosponsor of the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, which is now law, because I know we must ensure our colleges and universities are getting people job and career ready. This law streamlined the previous inefficient workforce development programs and ensures more dollars are invested in training workers.

I am a member of the Innovation Initiative, a group of Congressional lawmakers who are focused on policy solutions that foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the private and public sectors. As a former community college administrator, I understand the importance of bringing that same innovation and entrepreneurship to our education and training programs as we build the workforce of the future. It’s why I’m an advocate for computer science and STEM education for our students, and I’m proud to serve as co-chair of the Women’s High-Tech Coalition, and as a member of the Makers Caucus and the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) Caucus. Each of these initiatives is focused on preparing our students for the careers of the future – careers in engineering, computer science, technology, science and mathematics.

In addition, each year my team and I host Connecting Careers and Classrooms events to connect local teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators with local leaders from various business sectors and government to learn more about the career paths for students in different sectors of our economy. 

To watch a speech I gave at the Innovation Initiative Forum about the importance of preparing students of all ages for the jobs of tomorrow, click here.

To read an op-ed I wrote about a new approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and helping more people support themselves and their families, click here

To read more about A Better Way to fuel our economy, click here. To read more about A Better Way to reform our tax code, click here. To read more about the GOP's plan for a fairer and simpler tax code, click here


More on Jobs, the Economy and Tax Reform

Nov 21, 2017 In The News

PENDLETON – Two members of Indiana’s congressional delegation are optimistic tax reform legislation will be enacted before the end of the year.

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-5th District, and Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th District, both expect the first tax reform legislation to be adopted in three decades will provide a savings to middle-class families and small businesses.

Brooks was in Pendleton on Monday to meet with area residents and believes the momentum from the House passage of tax reform legislation last week will carry over to the Senate.

Nov 16, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

Nov 15, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of the Bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues joined Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to discuss the future of infrastructure in the United States.

Representatives Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Lois Frankel (D-FL), co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, provided the following statements:

Nov 15, 2017 In The News

Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN) talked about efforts to combat sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. 

Nov 2, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) issued the following statement after the unveiling of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

“So much has changed in our country since 1986, but our tax code has not. It is stale and outdated. If left untouched, our current tax system will continue to hold Hoosiers back.

Sep 29, 2017 In The News

Indiana Republican leaders, U.S. Sen. Todd Young and U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks and Jackie Walorski, traveled with President Donald Trump to Indiana on Wednesday to unveil a unified tax reform plan that aims to create more jobs while helping Americans keep more of their paychecks.

The White House, the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee released the unified tax reform framework on Wednesday. It outlines specific steps to achieve middle class tax relief and to spur job creation and economic growth.

Sep 27, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) traveled with President Donald Trump to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis where the President unveiled a tax reform plan for Hoosier and American families. Congresswoman Brooks issued the below statement following the President’s remarks:

Sep 27, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Air Force One arrived in Indianapolis ahead of Donald Trump’s speech at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The President will speak about the GOP’s tax reform plan and will be joined by Indiana Senators Todd Young and Joe Donnelly as well as Reps. Susan Brooks and Jackie Walorski.

Sep 27, 2017 In The News

Hoosier politicos are offering their thoughts on President Donald Trump’s tax plan which he officially unveiled today in Indianapolis.  Here is the reaction…

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly

Sep 26, 2017 In The News

Republican U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks and Luke Messer of Indiana applauded Vice President Mike Pence’s efforts to bring about comprehensive tax reform during his visit to their home state on Friday.

Pence spoke at the Flagship Center East at Purdue Polytechnic Institute in West Lafayette, Indiana, about ongoing efforts to enact the most comprehensive tax reform in more than 30 years.