AL: Katie Britt (R)
Richard Shelby (R)[i]
Butler Snow LLP (Partner / Attorney); Business Council of Alabama (President / Chief Executive Officer); Office of US Senator Richard Shelby (Chief of Staff / Press Secretary); Shelby for US Senate (Deputy Campaign Manager / Communications Director); University of Alabama (Special Assistant to the President)[ii]
Diploma, Enterprise High School; BS, University of Alabama at Birmingham; JD, University of Alabama School of Law[iii]
Safeguarding the Sanctity of Life; Education; Jobs, Jobs, Jobs; Immigration; Second Amendment; Foreign Affairs; Health Care; Energy; Big Tech; Supporting Our Military & Veterans; National Debt Crisis; Keep 9; Mental Health; Agriculture; Israel; Election Integrity; Building Safe Communities[iv]
ON THE ISSUES
”As a Christian, wife and mother,” Britt is “100%, unapologetically pro-life.”[v] She praised the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, asserting, “our prayers have been answered!”[vi] She strongly supports the Hyde Amendment and believes it should be a “bipartisan” policy.[vii] [viii] She opposes the federal Women’s Health Protection Act, which she called “radical,” asserting it would “eviscerate Alabama’s pro-life laws. […] it should be called the Abortion On-Demand Until Birth Act.”[ix] [x]
ECONOMY, JOBS & TAXES:
Britt has praised Trump’s economic policies, including “slashing burdensome regulations and supporting lower taxes,” which she says led to a “booming economy.” She argues the Biden administration has “put America on the road to a vicious cycle of government dependency.” Britt supports a “pro-growth free market” and will advocate for reigning in “out of control spending,” “burdensome governmental regulations and red tape, and an over complicated tax code that’s 10x longer than Bible.” She has been critical of the “ballooning national debt,” which she blames on “Democrats in Congress, along with the Biden Administration.”[xi] She opposed the Inflation Reduction Act, arguing it was the “latest spree,” that was “only going to further hurt families across Alabama.”[xii] [xiii] [xiv]
HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SAFETY NET:
Britt believes Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan “that protects preexisting conditions and patient rights.” She argues that “more than a decade after the passage of Obamacare […] health insurance continues to get less affordable by the day while health care costs continue to rise.” She supports “commonsense, conservative reforms that will drive costs down, increase options and access, and align with a free market-based approach,” and commits to working to lower prescription drug costs, “foster competition among providers and ultimately expand affordable health care access for all Alabamians.” She supports expanding telehealth options and strongly opposes mask and vaccine mandates, which she argues are “unconstitutional.”[xv] [xvi] [xvii]
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY:
Britt is “horrified and disgusted by what’s happening right now at our Southern border,” alleging the “Biden Administration and congressional Democrats have abandoned the primary responsibility of government: to defend our nation from foreign threats.” She “resolutely” supports building a wall, and believes that securing the US border “will take a combination of physical infrastructure, technology, personnel, resources, and closing legal loopholes that are routinely exploited.” Britt says she supports legal immigration “that provides growth for Alabama families, jobs and communities.”[xviii] In office, she commits “to fight to fully reinstate Remain in Mexico, end catch & release, and finish the wall.”[xix]
CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY:
Britt is “proud to support our brave law enforcement” and says, “radical calls to ‘Defund the Police’ have no basis in reality,", as they would do the most harm to very underserved communities already experiencing the highest levels of violent crime.” She asserts that “poverty and hopelessness are the main roots of crime in communities,” and supports “fixing our broken mental health system, so people can get the medical help they need before personal crises turn into crimes.”[xx] She supports a 2022 Alabama ballot initiative which would allow judges to deny bail to suspects charged with violent offenses.[xxi] [xxii]
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS & ELECTION SECURITY:
Regarding the 2020 election, Britt asserts there was “fraud” and that there should be “a forensic audit” of the results.[xxiii] In the Senate, Britt says she will “work tirelessly to uphold election integrity and fight voter fraud.” She has called the For the People Act “disastrous,” asserting it would “federalize elections, ban photo voter ID across the nation and mandate taxpayer money funding political campaigns against Alabamians' will.”[xxiv] She opposed a New York City bill allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections.[xxv] Britt “unabashedly” opposes expanding the Supreme Court “and will fight with every fiber in [her] being to keep nine justices on the Supreme Court of the United States.”[xxvi]
Britt believes “education is the key to opportunity” and “providing children access to high-quality education options from an early age is critical to their ability to be successful later in life.” She “staunchly” supports Alabama’s “First Class Pre-K program” as well as believes “strongly” in school choice.[xxvii] She opposes calls to forgive student debt, arguing it would exacerbate inflation and be “an insult to Alabamians who never took on student loans or who paid off loans.”[xxviii] [xxix]
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Britt supports an “all-of-the-above energy approach that prioritizes affordability, reliability and security,” including “utilizing low-cost, American-made (and Alabama-made) generation such as coal, natural gas, nuclear, hydropower and biomass.” She says she is “ready to lead the fight against the so-called Green New Deal, which would cripple the American economy, destroy Alabama jobs, and cost the typical hardworking family $70,000 annually.” Britt argues the Green New Deal “is one of the most dangerous proposals in modern American history.” She strongly supports her community’s coal industry, asserting “Alabama’s coal industry has a nearly $3 billion impact, directly employing more than 3,000 people with an average salary of more than $100,000 per year.”[xxx]
BIG TECH & DATA PRIVACY:
Britt argues that “social media conglomerates, just like the mainstream media, have become nothing but a branch of the national Democratic party.” She is “disgusted” that Big Tech has put “diversity of thought and opinion” on the “chopping block.” Britt further argues that “censoring conservatives” is “un-American,” and commits to holding Big Tech accountable in the Senate [xxxi] [xxxii]
As a “constitutional conservative,” Britt has “always unapologetically supported the Second Amendment.” She believes “Alabamians have a God-given right to bear arms,” and will support policies “that best allow Alabamians to defend themselves, their loved ones, their property and their communities.” She has pledged to introduce legislation “shielding firearm manufacturers and dealers from financial targeting,” as well as “sponsor nationwide concealed carry reciprocity, and work to legislatively prohibit the implementation of ‘red flag’ laws.”[xxxiii] She holds an “AQ” rating with the NRA and is endorsed by the gun rights group.[xxxiv]
Britt has criticized the Biden’s administration approach to foreign policy, asserting it bows “to bad actors and adversaries across the globe.” She has argued, “Whether it's Russia's aggression against Ukraine, China's aggression against Taiwan, or the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, Joe Biden's weakness is making the world a more dangerous place.”[xxxv] She supports the US providing arms sales to Taiwan to protect it from “China’s aggression,” and believes China should be held accountable for its “genocide” of Uyghurs.[xxxvi] [xxxvii] She has called on Biden to “immediately implement the full range of bone-crushing sanctions” against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.[xxxviii]
[i] Kim Chandler, “Katie Britt, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama Senate runoff,” Associated Press, May 25, 2022, available at https://apnews.com/article/2022-alabama-senate-primary-7ced0db0eba85c701ecfe098a2a1a47d.
[ii] “Incoming Sen. Katie Britt,” LegiStorm, accessed November 7, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/6774/Katie_Boyd_Britt.html.
[iii] “Incoming Sen. Katie Britt,” LegiStorm, accessed November 7, 2022, available at https://www.legistorm.com/person/bio/6774/Katie_Boyd_Britt.html.
[vi] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, June 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/katiebrittforal/status/1540343075750420482.
[vii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, October 21, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1451317710781100041.
[viii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, August 10, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1425301366608736256.
[ix] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, February 28, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1498435080951373828.
[x] Gabriella Borter & Moira Warburton, “Abortion rights bill faces dim chances in U.S. Senate,” Reuters, February 28, 2022, available at https://www.reuters.com/world/us/bill-that-would-protect-abortion-rights-faces-dim-chances-us-senate-2022-02-28/.
[xii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, August 16, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1559674365100412933.
[xiii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, August 17, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1560050094820495362.
[xiv] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, August 1, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1554249607177191426.
[xvi] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, January 13, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1481718714848497669.
[xvii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, July 28, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1420516856226533381.
[xix] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, May 31, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1531691116910858241.
[xxi] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, October 25, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1584977823755706368.
[xxii] Daniel Taylor, “State Rep. Chip Brown urges ‘yes’ vote on Aniah’s Law amendment — ‘It will save lives,’” 1819 News, October 25, 2022, available at https://1819news.com/news/item/state-rep-chip-brown-says-vote-yes-on-aniahs-law-amendment-it-will-save-lives.
[xxiii] Sarah Whites-Koditschek, “Katie Britt sees ‘fraud’ in Trump’s election loss, vows to work for Alabama if elected to Senate,” AL.com, March 23, 2022, available at https://www.al.com/news/2022/03/katie-britt-sees-fraud-in-trumps-election-loss-vows-to-work-for-alabama-if-elected-to-senate.html.
[xxv] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, January 9, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1480319851164053504.
[xxviii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, September 13, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1569855369844760578.
[xxix] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, August 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1562530740587601922.
[xxxii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, June 29, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1542275325903736833.
[xxxiii] Dylan Smith, “Katie Britt: The Second Amendment is a ‘critical check’ against government tyranny,” Yellow Hammer, April 15, 2022, available at https://yellowhammernews.com/katie-britt-the-second-amendment-is-a-critical-check-against-government-tyranny/.
[xxxv] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, December 7, 2021, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1468260493949345800.
[xxxvi] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, July 18, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1549067040555782149.
[xxxvii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, September 2, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1565863632734494720.
[xxxviii] Katie Britt for AL Twitter, February 24, 2022, available at https://twitter.com/KatieBrittforAL/status/1496882761080074246.