Sen. Britt visits the Shoals, speaks on budget, Tiktok ban and local funds

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) — U.S. Sen. Katie Britt is back in North Alabama for the first time since she addressed the nation for the Republican response to the State of the Union. Britt appeared in Florence on Monday, providing an update on what she is working on in Washington.

Britt said one of her biggest priorities and challenges during her first year in the Senate has been building relationships.

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“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I don’t have a natural peer group in the Senate,” Britt said. “I thought, ‘How do I build these authentic relationships but maybe in an unconventional way?'”

She said she is looking for bipartisan solutions and wants to get things done, including passing a budget.

“I believe it’s my job to get in there and vote and try to direct the spending, not leave it to the Biden Administration and bureaucrats there to maneuver that money,” Britt said.

As a mother, Britt said she sees firsthand the impacts of social media. She said she will support a TikTok ban when the bill arrives in the Senate, which Britt said will likely happen in the next week.

“As long as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) has any type of control over algorithms or data, then it is not good for the safety and security of our country and our youth,” Britt said.

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During her first year in the Senate, Britt has worked to secure funds for the state, some of which she said will specifically benefit the Shoals.

“We had some really great funding in there for Helen Keller and the work that they do,” Britt said.

Before she left, Britt stopped and spoke to the press. She reiterated points she made during her national address, including her desire to strengthen security at the southern border.

Britt is set to appear at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on Tuesday morning. The event is sold out, but News 19 will bring you coverage.

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