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Britt back in action at Wiregrass event

On Saturday, friends and supporters across the Wiregrass were overjoyed to see U.S. Sen. Katie Britt make her first public stop following a health scare that kept her home with family throughout most of August. 

“We appreciate everyone’s prayers and really could feel those,” Britt told the crowd. “They make all of the difference and we are happy to be back out here and moving around.”

Alabama’s junior senator fellowshipped with the Wiregrass Republican Women in her hometown of Enterprise, saying she has “recovered well and am back at it.”

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She previewed a busy month ahead of her on Capitol Hill after Congress returns next week from August recess. 

Britt touched on topics from border security, national defense, educational freedom, countering China, and legislation she’s working on to address the mental health crisis impacting America’s youth. 

“We need to talk about it more, and we need to do more,” Britt said reverently. “When we look across the country, particularly as in our youth, the depression rate in our youth between 2011-2019 more than doubled. It is not a coincidence that was the exact same time social media took off and we started using front-facing cameras.

“We, as parents, we as adults, have to do more and be more vigilant. As we all know, God calls us to do hard things – and this is a hard thing.”

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She promoted her effort with Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) on the Protecting Kids on Social Media Act, which would set the minimum age for social media users to 13 and require parental consent for users under the age of 18. It would also reign in the algorithms responsible for negative influences. 

Britt was also joined by her 98-year-old grandmother and celebrated on Twitter after the event. 

Grayson Everett is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @Grayson270

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