Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Restoring Confidence in Congress

 

I decided to run for Congress in order to restore confidence in Congress and help our body earn back the trust of the American people. Through my work on the House Committee on Ethics, I will have the unique ability to achieve many of these goals and ensure that Members of Congress remember the solemn responsibilities that come from holding their office.

America faces serious issues that require immediate attention by leaders capable of solving big problems. I’ve heard firsthand the frustration Hoosiers feel toward Washington with corruption scandals, the absence of civility, and an unwillingness to put America’s greatest challenges above political bickering. The American public is feeling disillusioned, disheartened, and dissatisfied with Congress members’ unethical and sometimes criminal conduct without consequences.

The only way we can restore the public’s trust and confidence in Congress is to continue to reform Washington and replace the current culture with the highest standard of ethics and accountability – something that Hoosiers and all Americans want and most certainly deserve.

This starts by enacting common sense policies such as preventing insider trading for Members of Congress; prohibiting former Members of Congress from lobbying for six years; enacting congressional term limits; applying healthcare mandates to all Members of Congress; and preventing corrupt politicians from receiving federal pensions. 

More on Restoring Confidence in Congress

May 19, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Actlegislation recently introduced by Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL). This bill requires prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse, mandatory training, and implementation of policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse at amateur athletic governing bodies.

May 18, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Last night, Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-IN05) joined her colleagues on the House Floor to honor our nation’s police officers during National Police Week and Mental Health Awareness Month and to highlight a bill she recently introduced in the House, H.R. 2228, the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. Companion legislation, S.

May 12, 2017 In The News

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to approved a bill that would require Olympic sports organizations to immediately report child and sexual abuse allegations to local or federal law enforcement, or a child welfare agency designated by the U.S. Justice Department.

The Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), was prompted by the sexual abuse scandal within USA Gymnastics.

May 3, 2017 In The News

These are difficult days for politicians. Confronted by a host of thorny economic, social and public safety issues, they often feel pushed by constituents and party leadership to adhere to a strict (and sometimes extreme) political agenda.

Most politicians aren't strong enough or courageous enough to step out of the party line to advocate for what is simply good, commonsense public policy. Like political robots, they parrot party rhetoric and walk in partisan lockstep.

It's the safe route and the easy route to political stability and self-preservation.

Apr 27, 2017 In The News

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is a landmark human trafficking law, first passed in 2000, that outlines the U.S. government’s policy on human trafficking. Today Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ), Karen Bass (D-CA), Ed Royce (R-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) introduced the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victim’s Protection Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill reauthorizes the critical anti-human trafficking programs we need to continue fighting modern slavery both at home and abroad.

Apr 6, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) introduced H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse Act, which requires prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse, mandatory training, and implementation of policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse at amateur athletic governing bodies. This bill is companion legislation to S. 534 introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

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 30, 2017 In The News

U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) helped lead the introduction of bipartisan legislation on Tuesday that would connect survivors of domestic and sexual violence with legal representation.

The POWER Act would require each U.S. Attorney’s office to host a public event in support of pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in an effort to provide legal representation to more survivors.

Mar 29, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep.