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  • Reforming our outdated tax code,  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

Aug 27, 2019 In The News

ANDERSON – The brown liquid sloshed back and forth in the jar as Luca Bonini, CEO of Italpollina, handed it to U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks for her inspection as he explained a brewing process similar to that for soy sauce or beer.

“It looks like balsamic vinegar,” she observed.

Aug 23, 2019 In The News

Noblesville mayoral candidate Chris Jensen, Deputy Mayor Steve Cooke, Economic Development Specialist Aaron Head and Noblesville Chamber of Commerce President Bob DuBois joined Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (Ind.-05) for a tour of Downtown Noblesville on Thursday. The group visited Grindstone Public House, Karisma and Caravan Classes – a restaurant, boutique and arts studio.

May 17, 2019 In The News

Boone County’s greatest need is to attract and develop skilled workers, a Boone County Chamber of Commerce official said at a May 13 luncheon in Lebanon.

To explore possible solutions, the Boone County Chamber of Commerce conducted the legislative luncheon at Lebanon High School to discuss workforce development policies and programs at the federal, state and local levels that could help local businesses attract, develop and retain talent in Boone County.

Aug 20, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today marks the beginning of Startup Week Across America. This week, a bipartisan coalition of House members will draw attention to the important role startups play in our economy and how we can help support their efforts to grow and succeed.

Aug 17, 2018 In The News

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-Ind.) toured the Embassy Suites Noblesville on Tuesday as part of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AHLA) “Heart of the House” hotel tour program to meet with hotel employees in her district and see firsthand the career opportunities in the lodging industry.

Mar 9, 2018 In The News

President Donald Trump is yet again defying the advice of economists, workers and his own party.

Thursday in the Roosevelt Room, the President, surrounded by steel workers, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, approved tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminum to the United States.

The tariffs, 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum, were rationalized by the president as both an economic and national security concern.

Jan 27, 2018 In The News

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 -- Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Indiana, issued the following statement with Reps. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, Jim Banks, R-Indiana, Todd Rokita, R-Indiana, Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, Luke Messer, R-Indiana, and Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana, after FedEx announced the plan to invest $1.5 billion in Indianapolis hub:

"One of the primary goals of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was to ensure our tax code helps American businesses compete in a global market, enabling job and paycheck growth here at home.

Jan 26, 2018 News Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Jackie Walorski (IN-02), Jim Banks (IN-03), Todd Rokita (IN-04), Susan Brooks (IN-05), Luke Messer (IN-06), Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08), and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09), today released the following statement after FedEx announced they plan to invest $1.5 billion in their Indianapolis, IN hub:

Jan 21, 2018 In The News

ANDERSON — Rep. Susan Brooks doesn’t expect an effort by Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in 2018, but anticipates some legislation will be considered.

During an interview with The Herald Bulletin last Monday, Brooks said that people don’t realize that the tax cut legislation signed by President Donald Trump included a repeal of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.