Some in North Alabama had hoped that U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, would settle into his job in his second term. Since his extremism as a freshman member of the 112th Congress accomplished nothing other than helping Congress obtain the lowest favorability ratings in history, the hope was that Brooks would apply himself to realistic goals, rather than tilting at every available windmill.
The first two bills that Brooks cosponsored are not a good sign.
The first, HR 140, would preclude some children born in the United States to undocumented immigrants from citizenship. While this bill is consistent with Brooks promise to “do anything short of shooting” undocumented immigrants to get them to leave the nation, it has a problem. It directly conflicts with a document, often touted by Brooks: the U.S. Constitution. The 14th Amendment states, “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”
The other bill Brooks cosponsored would repeal the income tax — replacing it with a sales tax — and abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
The United States is facing serious problems, many of which were caused by Brooks and his colleagues in the House.
If the first two bills Brooks cosponsored are any indication, his term in the 113th Congress will be no more productive than was his freshman term in the 112th.