Susan Brooks

Congresswoman Susan Brooks Won't Seek Ivy Tech Presidency

Feb 18, 2016
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Cross one name off of Ivy Tech's presidential candidate list.

Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the position after Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced she was resigning to pursue the president's job herself.

But Brooks tells the Anderson Herald-Bulletin she won’t seek the community college job, and is instead focusing on her re-election campaign.

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A Hoosier congresswoman introduced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as he made an 11th-hour case to Iowa voters on the eve of that state’s first-in-the-nation caucus.

Susan Brooks (R-5th) introduced praised Christie’s work as a federal prosecutor as she introduced him to the crowd.

“He’s been a pro-life conservative forever and he’s been re-elected, not just in New Jersey – a very blue state – but he was reelected with wide margins,” Brooks says. “But he also is a fiscal conservative – he’s vetoed more tax increases than probably any governor in the country.”

HHS Secretary Stands By Federal Review Of HIP 2.0

Jan 15, 2016
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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell is shrugging off Republican complaints about a federal review of Indiana's state-run health insurance plan.

Burwell, who was visiting Indianapolis, says it's indisputable that the HIP expansion has meant health coverage for more Hoosiers, but says at least 30 states have gotten federal waivers to put their own stamp on health insurance plans, and says it's important to get objective measurements of which innovations are working and which aren't.

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Indiana's Republican members of Congress issued mostly brief and respectful statements Friday about the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, even though one had battled with Boehner in the past.

“There’s no doubt the Speaker presided over a difficult time in our nation’s history," reads a statement by Rep. Larry Buschon (R-8th), for whom Boehner had hosted fundraisers in the past.

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-4th), another longtime ally of Boehner, issued a terse statement thanking the outgoing House Speaker for his service.

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Legislation Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) authored – and a companion bill sponsored by Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) – would create a federal task force to combat drug abuse. 

Brooks says it would marshal the efforts of several federal agencies to help identify best practices -- including ways to reduce the over-prescribing of medication.

“80-percent of the heroin users in the country start out as prescription drug users,” Brooks says.

Indiana is one of only 13 states that prescribes more than 100 painkiller prescriptions per every hundred citizens. 

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Three weeks after the Senate fought its way to approval of fast-track trade authority, the bill is in an even tougher battle in the House.

The House could vote as early as this week on the bill allowing the White House to send the Trans-Pacific Partnership to Congress for an up-or-down vote, without amendments. The deal has scrambled Washington‘s usual divisions, with most Republicans backing President Obama, and Democrats leading the effort to defeat the bill.

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Though he’s not declaring his candidacy yet, Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4th) says he is considering a run for the Senate seat set to be vacated by Dan Coats (R-IN) next year.

Rokita says it was his time on the senator’s staff that helped him decide to become a politician.

“I was an intern in his office at one point in time. I was a very young man – an unpaid intern. And so in many ways, Dan Coats gave me the bug for public service,” Rokita says.

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Eric Holcomb steered former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ 2008 reelection campaign, led the Indiana Republican Party and most recently served as State Chief of Staff to Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN).  But Thursday, Holcomb announced a personal first: a run for office:

“And that’s why today, ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud, I’m excited to announced my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Holcomb says.

Despite never serving in elected office, he says he’s not worried about making the jump all the way to a Senate run:

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Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) is finishing her freshman term in Congress and is favored to win a second in next week’s election. She says she went to Washington to help Congress’ image, but the job was all but insurmountable -- the institution remains as unpopular as ever.

WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Brooks recently to talk about whether there’s any way to get the public believing in national politics again, especially if Republicans take control of the Senate.

Susan Brooks Named To Benghazi Panel

May 12, 2014
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Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5th) has been named to a special House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Brooks will be one of seven Republicans reviewing the attack which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, and whether the Obama Administration gave an honest account of what happened. She says there are still unanswered questions about whether the consulate had requested additional security, and if so, how the State Department dealt with the request.

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