HUNTSVILLE — It's already been a busy year for U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery), who stopped by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Davidson Center in Huntsville on Tuesday to give an update on her work in D.C. She hit on many subjects including foreign policy, national debt, the war in Israel, banking, TikTok and social media, and even some personal issues.

Britt began by taking a jab at those who criticized her State of the Union Response, saying, "Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 10 days, you know that a lot of people think that I fight with a little too much passion."

As a member of the Senate Banking Committee, which oversees sanctions, Britt discussed her frustration with President Joe Biden's apparent unwillingness to hold Iran accountable for funding terrorism.

According to the junior Alabama Republican U.S. Senator, under the Trump administration, the United States had "bone-crushing sanctions" on Iran, whereas Biden has taken a more apathetic approach.

"Everyone in this room knows that Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism," she said. "We know they fund Hamas in Gaza, we know they fund the Houthis in Yemen, we know they fund Hezbollah in Lebanon."

Britt said under President Trump, Iran made $7 billion in oil exports, but under Biden, they've made $80 billion a year.

"Everyone knows that when Iran has more money, we know what they will do with it, and that is to utilize it for more terrorism," Britt added.

Britt discussed her bipartisan trip to Israel and how the images and what she saw will never escape her.

"After the Holocaust, we as a nation said Never Again, our word has to mean something!" she said. Britt hammered hard on a "peace through strength" approach in dealing with adversaries, be they Iran, Russia, China or the U.S. southern border.

Britt went into detail about how the Biden admin has "abused its presidential parole authority" in granting parole to nearly 1 million people on average annually crossing the border compared to roughly 5,600 under former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. The man who murdered Laken Riley was allowed to stay in this country due to this abuse of the Parole system, Britt said.

Before concluding her speech, Britt discussed the negative impact TikTok and social media has on kids' mental health and said she believed a forced sale of TikTok would be needed to combat the Chinese Communist Party. "Their ability to control what our next generation sees and, therefore, believes is at risk, and that cannot be left unchecked in the hands of the CCP," she said.

She also praised Alabama's legislative delegation for bringing back $784 million in the latest appropriations bills and clarified that the FBI move to Huntsville had already been paid for in a previous appropriations bill under her predecessor, retired U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa).

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