Restoring Confidence in Congress
Restoring confidence in Congress has been a goal of mine since the beginning of my Congressional service.
Hearing directly from my constituents is extremely important to me, and ensures that I am able to best represent those living in the Fifth District. I regularly host Connect With Your Congresswoman events throughout the district to meet with small groups and individuals about the issues that matter most to them. These events are in addition to the constituents I meet with at regular meetings, employee town halls and site visits throughout the Fifth District and in D.C. as well as the letters, emails and telephone calls I receive from constituents. I believe that having open lines of communication with your representatives is a critical piece of restoring trust in public officials.
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ANDERSON — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks says she is concerned how the investigation into the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump is being handled.
“All Americans have an interest in the integrity of our government and the legitimacy of its actions,” Brooks, R-5th District, said in an email response to The Herald Bulletin. “This is no longer a matter of supporting or opposing the investigation. It’s now a matter of how it’s being conducted.
As the drumbeat on impeachment rages, 12 members of Congress have been quietly doing something extraordinary — even revolutionary. Democrats and Republicans have been shoving aside party differences to focus on one of the most pressing issues facing America: how to reform and rebuild Congress. This unique example might provide a path forward after the impeachment process for healing our division.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswomen Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) provided the following statement after she voted against H.R. 1:
“Working to ensure elections are secure and free of fraud should be a bipartisan effort. Instead, House Democrats advanced H.R. 1, which is a federal takeover of our election process, in a constitutionally questionable way without Republican input.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject “the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.” He warned emboldened Democrats that “ridiculous partisan investigations” into his administration and businesses could hamper a surging American economy.
Trump is still encouraging Republicans to help break the impasse, and will be joined in the situation room by members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus later today. It’s unclear if Democrats will attend. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Indiana), who attended Tuesday’s meeting, said one of Trump’s key messages to GOP lawmakers was: “We have to get these negotiations going again.” Brooks added that “a lot of us who attended the meeting are now talking to [Democratic] colleagues — on the floor and off the floor.”
Seven of the House Republicans who came to the White House for lunch spoke to reporters following their meal with the President, vice president, and other administration officials.
The consensus amongst the Republicans: "Disappointment.”
“This was supposed to be a bipartisan lunch,” Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis said, asking, “If you don’t show up to the table, how in the world are we ever going to come to a solution?”
No House Democrats will attend a White House-organized lunch meeting on Tuesday with President Donald Trump as the partial government shutdown continues, a sign of how dug in both sides are with no deal in sight.
The White House invited a group of members from the chamber’s Blue Dog Coalition for a lunch discussion on the 25th day of the shutdown.
WASHINGTON – No progress was made toward ending the partial government shutdown Tuesday as only Republicans showed up to a White House lunch with President Trump.
The House Republicans who attended took the opportunity to criticize their Democratic colleagues — while admitting that they’re negotiating with them behind-the-scenes.
“The sheer fact that not a single Democrat was able to show up is pretty telling as to who wants to negotiate and who doesn’t,” said Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), one of the nine GOP House members in attendance.
Think of the faces routinely seen on the front lines of community litter cleanups, school sports banquets, candidate forums, church meetings, farmers' markets, downtown festivals and food kitchens.
Many are women. In some cases, a majority are women and have been for a long time.
Now, think of the elected officials running the municipal, state and national governments. Most are men. Nearly three-quarters of the officeholders are male. The public leadership does not mirror the population.