EAGLE PASS, Texas – Alabama’s newest US senator has spent more time on the southern border than on Capitol Hill during her short tenure.
“The people of Alabama didn’t choose me to grow grass under my feet,” said Senator Katie Britt, standing in the shadows of a farm outside Uvalde, Texas. “They chose me to come in here and do something.”
Britt was in Washington, DC on January 3 to be sworn into the US Senate. The following week, the Republican joined a delegation of senators that visited the southern border and spoke with officials and others affected by the migrant crisis.
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“In Washington, we have a problem with people who talk a lot but do nothing,” said Britt. “It’s day six at work. It took Joe Biden 718 days to cross the line, and here I am. Seeing it first hand is important.”
Considered a rising star in the GOP, Britt handily won a primary fight with former Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks. She then defeated her opponent in the general election, Democrat Will Boyd, by 36 points.
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But the University of Alabama alumna is no stranger to Capitol Hill. She served as chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby, whom she succeeded this month.
Britt described herself as a senator “100 out of 100” in terms of her place in the pecking order on Capitol Hill. She later clarified that she was actually 99th — though still last — since Ben Sasse left his seat in Nebraska and had not been replaced when she made the comment.
“When people say, ‘Senator?’ I still kind of look around and say ‘who’s around me?’ So it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” said Britt.
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“I’m a wife. I’m a mother of two school-aged children,” said Britt. “My husband [former NFL player Wesley Britt] and I struggled to even get into this race.
“We believed that if our generation didn’t stand up and fight for the next generation, we weren’t sure what would be left for our children,” she continued.
Britt said there was “no shortage” of issues to address when the Senate returns to Capitol Hill later this month.
“Obviously, we need to curb spending, make sure we reduce inflation, not just get energy independent again, but energy dominant,” Britt told TBEN News. “Unfortunately, right now in our country, whether we look abroad at what is happening there, here on our border or here at home, we have a lot ahead of us.”
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“But I believe in this nation,” she added. “I believe it’s time for my generation to step up and contribute, to make sure the American dream is alive and well for the next generation.”
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