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  • Reforming our outdated tax code,  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



More on Jobs, the Economy and Tax Reform

Jul 15, 2017 In The News
The East Central Indiana Regional Planning District hosted its bipartisan annual fly-in to Washington, D.C., from June 20 to 22. As part of its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for East Central Indiana, ECIRPD has made the I-69 corridor its primary focus (to widen I-69 to six-lanes north of the metro Indy area currently being widened, and for which the ECIRPD is already working with Madison and Hamilton counties), and workforce development its secondary focus. This drove the agenda at each of our meetings, along with housing and our opioid epidemic.
May 16, 2017 In The News

On May 3, policymakers, industry leaders and key influencers attended CTA’s New American Jobs Summit to look at the future of U.S. jobs. Held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, the Summit delved into how government and the private sector can collaborate to develop a competitive workforce, create new jobs and foster economic growth in the face of rapid technological innovation, an aging population and increased global competition.

May 5, 2017 In The News

The nation’s career and technical education (CTE) programs would be modernized under bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) on Wednesday, with a goal of teaching students the skills they need to compete for tomorrow’s innovative new jobs.

The country’s emerging “maker” economy has grown as the emergence of tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, desktop machines and digital design programs that have become more affordable and available in recent years.

Apr 27, 2017 In The News

I don't care what side of the political isle you're on... this episode will make you forget your political affiliations and challenge your views on heroin and opioid addictions. We also discuss education, jobs, and how exponential technology is changing our employment landscape.

Apr 18, 2017 In The News

ANDERSON — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks described her first visit to the Purdue Polytechnic Institute as impressive in terms of the facility and the programs being offered in Anderson.

Brooks, R-5th District, took a tour of the academic area and the Maker Space facilities that will help foster start-up companies.

“It’s a world-class education facility where students of all ages are going to have the opportunity to learn incredible skills,” she said. “They can then walk through the hallway and look for jobs with the growing companies that are here.”

Mar 30, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the introduction by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which would force broadcast radio stations to pay a performance royalty for musical airplay, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

Mar 10, 2017 In The News

Over the last three years, the women of the Republican Main Street Partnership have traveled the country to have frank discussions about politics and policy with our female constituents. We established the Women2Women Conversations Tour to let women know that, contrary to what they may hear in the media, our political system is not broken or out-of-touch.  These discussions reminded us that all issues are women’s issues.  Recognizing and promoting this fact will result in real change for women and their families.

Feb 27, 2017 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) is pleased to announce that her guest for President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow is Elaine Bedel. Bedel, an entrepreneur who founded Indianapolis-based Bedel Financial Consulting Inc. in 1989, was recently appointed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in January 2017 to serve as president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the state’s lead economic development agency.

Jan 25, 2017 In The News

ROSSLYN, Va.—Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 511, the Power and Security Systems (PASS) Act, and H.R. 518, the External Power Supply (EPS) Improvement Act of 2017, by voice votes. Both bills make changes to the Department of Energy (DOE) rulemaking for external power supplies, which was last changed by Congress in 2007.

Dec 18, 2016 In The News

Topics from this week's episode of Indianapolis This Week include: The future of the Affordable Care Act, a chat with Susan Brooks and Andre Carson, the legacy of Greg Zoller as attorney general.