EAGLE PASS, Texas — Alabama’s newest US Senator has spent more time on the southern border than Capitol Hill in her short tenure.
“The people of Alabama didn’t elect me to put grass under my feet,” said Senator Katie Britt, standing in the shade of a farmhouse outside of Uvalde, Texas. “They chose me to come in here and do something.”
Britt was in Washington, DC on January 3rd to be sworn into the US Senate. Over the next week, the Republican joined a delegation of senators visiting the southern border and spoke to 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 don’t really act,” Britt said. “It’s day six at work. It took Joe Biden 718 days to make it to the border and here I am. It’s important to see it first hand.”
Britt is considered a rising star in the GOP, easily winning a main fight with former Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks. She went on to defeat her opponent in the general election, Democrat Will Boyd, by 36 points.
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But the University of Alabama graduate is no stranger to Capitol Hill. She served as Senator Richard Shelby’s chief of staff, whom she succeeded this month.
Britt described herself as a “100 out of 100” Senator in reference to her place in the pecking order on Capitol Hill. She later clarified that she was in fact 99th — albeit still last — since Ben Sasse vacated his Nebraska seat and had not been replaced when she made the remark.
“When people say ‘senator’? I still kind of look around and say, “Who’s around me?” So it hasn’t quite arrived yet,” Britt said.
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“I am a wife. I’m a mother of two school-age children,” Britt said. “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 wouldn’t be sure what would be left for our children,” she continued.
Britt said there was “no shortage” of issues that needed to be addressed when the Senate returned to Capitol Hill later this month.
“Obviously we need to rein in spending, make sure we bring inflation down and not only go back to being energy independent but energy dominant,” Britt told Fox News. “Unfortunately, we have a lot going on in our country right now, whether we’re looking overseas at what’s going on there, here at our border or here at home.”
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“But I believe in this nation,” she added. “I believe it is time for my generation to stand up and do their part to ensure the American Dream is alive and well for the next generation.”
To watch the full interview with Britt, click here.