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Rep. Susan Brooks

Rep. Susan Brooks

Republican, Indiana, 5th District
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Office Phone: 202-225-2815
Committees:
Energy and Commerce
Ethics

DISTRICT SNAPSHOT
Among children in this district:
10.2% of children are in poverty
8.5% of children under 6 are in poverty
4.3% of children are in extreme poverty
11.7% are food insecure
2.8% lack health insurance

Sources: 2017 Annual Community Survey, US Dept. of Agriculture

Brooks on Child Poverty

  • voted for H.R.1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provided for tax cuts that disporportionately favor wealthy individuals and corporations. The bill is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over ten years, which could lead to future cuts to important social safety net programs. The bill also repeals the individual health insurance mandate established under the Affordable Care Act, jeopardizing health insurance coverage for millions of people.

  • Brooks on Child Health

  • voted for H.R.195, the HEALTHY KIDS Act, which extended funding for the federal government by three weeks and extended CHIP for six years.

  • co-sponsored H.R.314, the Health Care Choice Act, which would repeal title I of the Affordable Care Act and modify laws concerning state-level health insurance markets.

  • voted for H.R.315, the Improving Access to Maternity Care Act, which would provide for the identification of areas of need with respect to maternity care health professionals.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1121, the Pre-existing Conditions Protection Act, which would maintain the requirement for health insurers to cover preexisting conditions in the event of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1318, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act, which would create a committee to review maternal and infant mortality and fund demonstration programs to study potential interventions.

  • voted for H.R.1370, the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, which extended funding for the government by four weeks and retroactively funded CHIP for the first half of fiscal year 2018.

  • voted for H.R.1628, the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, repealed the individual and employer health care mandates, and otherwise modified the private health insurance market.

  • voted for H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, which extended CHIP for four additional years, funded a home visiting program for new mothers, funded community health centers, and modified funding and eligibilty requirements for foster care prevention services.

  • voted for H.R.2422, the Action for Dental Health Act, which would establish a CDC grant program to improve access to dental care for underserved communities.

  • voted for H.R.3922, the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act, which would extend CHIP and Community Health Centers funding. CHIP and Community Health Centers were eventually funded through a series of budget bills.

  • voted for H.R.6311, the Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act, which would modify rules regarding health savings accounts and allow for the sale of bare bones health plans on the health care exchanges. Often these plans are purchased by lower-income individuals who are unaware that the benefits offered by the plan are extremely limited.

  • Brooks on Child Welfare

  • voted for H.R.2824, the Increasing Opportunity and Success for Children and Parents through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act, which would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for five years, and require grantees to match federal funds beginning in fiscal year 2020. MIECHV was eventually reauthorized through H.R.1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, without a state matching requirement.

  • voted for H.R.2847, the Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act, which would authorize states to extend foster care eligibilty up to age 21 and to increase age limits on other programs for youths who have aged out of foster care.

  • voted for H.R.2866, the Reducing Unnecessary Barriers for Relative Foster Parents Act, which would require the Department of Health and Human Services to identify model standards for the licensing of foster family homes and to evaluate state plans against those standards.

  • co-sponsored H.R.3740, the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act, which would improve the financial aid process for homeless children and youths and foster care children and youth.

  • co-sponsored H.R.4234, the Preparing Homeless Youth for Education and Employment Act, which would authorize college and career counseling for homeless children and youths.

  • voted for H.R.5890, the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act, which would provide states with guidance and technical assistance for the safe care of infants affected by prenatal substance use.

  • co-sponsored H.R.6014, a bill to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, which would extend the law through 2023. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program supports emergency shelter and assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

  • Brooks on Youth Justice

    We couldn’t find any action this member has taken on Juvenile Justice. To learn more visit susanwbrooks.house.gov or call this member’s office at 202-225-2815.

    Brooks on Gun Violence Prevention

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would allow individuals licensed for concealed carry in one state to possess or carry a concealed weapon in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.


  • Brooks on Housing

  • voted for H.R.5793, the Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act, which would establish a demonstration program to encourage families receiving housing voucher assistance to move to lower-poverty areas.

  • Brooks on Nutrition

  • voted for H.R.2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which would cut SNAP benefits by $20 billion over ten years through more stringent work requirements and elimination of other programs; the bill would also create additional barriers to receiving SNAP benefits.

  • Brooks on Early Childhood Development

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.695, the Child Protection Improvements Act, which would establish a background check system for individuals who care for children, the elderly, or individuals with disabilities.

  • Brooks on Education

  • voted for H.J.RES.57, the resolution that nullified a Department of Education rule providing for federal standards for states implementing plans to meet the needs of historically marginalized groups under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

  • co-sponsored H.R.1636, the School Safety Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security.

  • voted for and co-sponsored H.R.4909, the STOP School Violence Act, which would reauthorize a grant program for school security to train local law enforcement, school personnel, and students and to develop an anonymous reporting system for violent threats at school.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5243, the School Watch and Training Act, which would require the Attorney General to develop national standards for school resource officer training regarding security and active shooter situations.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5324, the Supporting Teachers and Safe Students Act, which would allow for the use of some federal education funding to support mental health services in schools.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5523, the School Watch and Tactics Act, which would direct the government to establish best practices for training school resource officers.

  • co-sponsored H.R.5990, the Protecting Our Kids Act, which would direct the Secretary of Education in coordination with the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue guidance on school safety measures based on the security standards issued for Federal buildings.

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