Fiscal Responsibility

Senator Britt continues to work with her colleagues in the Senate and through her role on the Senate Appropriations Committee to advance spending measures that are judicious and strategic, while standing up for Alabama’s people, values, and interests.  

Senator Britt knows that our ballooning national debt is an economic and security crisis.  She believes that we can’t continue to recklessly pile this burden on the backs of our children and our children’s children. The American people deserve accountability over wasteful spending, and we accomplish that by prioritizing the spending of taxpayer dollars in a responsive and responsible manner.  

Fixing the broken system that has led our national debt to be more than $34 trillion is also a top priority for Senator Britt. She knows that the American people are tired of seeing critical government services being held hostage while Democrats in Congress irresponsibly push to pass wasteful omnibus spending bills. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to keep paying the price for budgetary political brinksmanship. 

Senator Britt is a proud cosponsor of a joint resolution to propose a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution to force the President and Congress to enact annual balanced budgets. This resolution would establish requirements for the submission and approval of annual balanced budgets, including guidelines regarding exceeding spending caps and raising taxes. Senator Britt knows that Alabama families balance their household budgets every day, and we must expect the federal government to do the same.

Additionally, she is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2023, legislation that would permanently end the practice of shutting down the federal government and disrupting critical services if Congress fails to enact spending bills by the start of the next fiscal year. Under the bill’s provisions, if Congress does not enact all 12 appropriations bills on time, an automatic 14-day CR would be triggered to keep government funding at the previous fiscal year’s levels—continuing on a rolling basis until either all appropriations bills are enacted or a long-term CR is enacted. This fail-safe mechanism would take drastic options off the table, so members of the Senate and the House have time to draft the best bills possible for American families. Additionally, it would require Members of Congress to remain in Washington, D.C., until spending bills are completed.

She also joined her Senate colleagues in introducing S.82, the Full Faith and Credit Act. This legislation ensures the federal government prioritizes funding for our military, veterans, and seniors should the federal debt ceiling be reached and prevent default.

Senator Britt will continue to fight to restore regular order and return fiscal sanity to our nation’s capital.