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Checking in on the New Republican Senators

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By Aaron Flanigan

Just over three months into their first term, the five newest members of the Senate Republican caucus are already shaking up the status quo in Washington, with left-wing magazine Vox describing them as “more combative” and “more conservative” than other recent classes. Here’s what Katie Britt (AL), Ted Budd (NC), Markwayne Mullin (OK), Eric Schmitt (MO), and J.D. Vance (OH) have been working on to earn that distinction.

Katie Britt (R-AL)

Senator Katie Britt—who previously served as chief of staff for former Alabama Senator Richard Shelby—spent her first week in office visiting the southern border, seeing for herself the extent of the country’s illegal immigration crisis. “What I witnessed was gut-wrenching and reaffirmed that we have an unprecedented national security and humanitarian crisis,” she wrote in an op-ed on her first 100 days in office.

Since her first visit, Britt has visited the southern border two additional times—which is more times than Biden has visited the border not only during his presidency, but throughout his entire political career.

In February, Britt introduced four pieces of border security legislation, including the “Keep Our Communities Safe Act,” which would end the Biden administration’s catch-and-release policies, and the “WALL Act,” which would complete the Trump administration’s border wall. She has also cosponsored a wide range of border and national security bills, including the “Stop Taxpayer Funding of Traffickers Act” introduced by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and the “Felony Murder for Deadly Fentanyl Distribution Act” introduced by Senator Mike Lee.

As the illegal immigration crisis continues to go entirely unaddressed by the Biden administration, Senator Britt is already establishing herself as a leader on border security—and she is only 3 months in.

Ted Budd (R-NC)

Since taking office, Senator Ted Budd—who previously served in the House of Representatives—has staked out ground on a wide array of conservative priorities. Following February’s Chinese spy balloon controversy, he introduced legislation that would mandate balloon tracking, ensuring balloons in U.S. airspace can be swiftly identified. He also sponsored a bill that would make the “targeting, killing, or attempted killing of a police officer an aggravating factor in favor of maximum sentences”—an initiative that has won the support of several national law enforcement organizations.

Additionally, Budd has advocated for the right to concealed carry outside of one’s home state, balancing the federal budget, and adopting a tougher stance against communist China. Like Senator Britt, Budd has also pushed for border security measures.

Ted Budd appears to be living up to the America First platform he campaigned on—and is positioning himself to be a stalwart conservative leader in the Senate.

Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)

Markwayne Mullin, another former House member, has also carved out a profile on a slate of hot-button issues—most notably energy. Shortly after his swearing-in in January, Mullin introduced a legislative package to restore American energy independence. The “Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act,” “Fracturing Regulations are Effective in States Hands (FRESH) Act,” and the “Federal Lands Freedom Act” would eliminate burdensome regulations on domestic energy production and grant states more authority over their energy resources.

Mullin has also been a leader on pro-life issues. In January, he—along with dozens of his Republican colleagues—introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which would prohibit all federal funding for abortion.

Mullin also introduced a bill to protect the Second Amendment rights of tribal members to lawfully purchase firearms using their tribal government IDs. A member of Cherokee Nation himself, Mullin is the first Native American senator in nearly two decades—something Democrats and the mainstream media have conspicuously ignored.

Eric Schmitt (R-MO)

Senator Eric Schmitt of Missouri has also made his legislative mark since taking office, having cosponsored an impressive 32 bills. These bills include a proposed constitutional amendment to keep the number of Supreme Court justices at nine, a bill that would crack down on the Biden ESG agenda, and legislation curbing the power of the World Health Organization.

Prior to becoming a senator, Schmitt served as the Attorney General of Missouri, where he played a leading role in the fight to demand transparency on engagements between the federal government and Big Tech companies. As Attorney General, for instance, Schmitt requested that the Louisiana District Court compel the U.S. Department of Justice to “turn over communications between high-ranking Biden Administration officials from the White House, Department of State, FBI and others and major social media companies.”

If Schmitt continues his leadership on this issue as a senator, he could play a major role in the movement to reign in Big Tech and get the federal government out of the business of political censorship.

J.D. Vance (R-OH)

J.D. Vance, perhaps the most high-profile member of this year’s class of GOP senators, has quickly emerged as an avatar of the “New Right”—the conservative coalition working to shift the Republican Party in a more populist direction, particularly in the areas of trade, foreign policy, immigration, and culture war issues.

Upon Vance’s victory in the May 2022 Ohio Republican primaries, conservative publication The American Mind celebrated his win as a “hopeful sign for the future of the GOP” and a sound rejection of the “comfortable platitudes of the pre-Trump days.” As a senator, Vance has already begun to live up to this promise.

While the rest of Washington, D.C., generally ignored the train derailment disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this year, Vance almost immediately returned home to the Buckeye State to meet with residents and first responders. Additionally, he introduced the “Railway Safety Act of 2023,” which would, in the words of his office, “prevent future rail disasters by enhancing safety and crew standards, requiring more sensors to detect railcar component failures, increasing fines for rail companies which commit wrongdoing, and investing in railway safety, research, and development projects.”

Vance has also introduced legislation to make English the official language of the United States, he has sought to hold the D.C. establishment accountable for its exorbitant spending in Ukraine, and he has publicly advocated for “mak[ing] birth free” for American mothers and families. “We sent over $100b to Ukraine in the last year,” Vance wrote on Twitter. For half that, we could make birth free in this country, end the surprise billings that devastate families with newborns, and possibly save the lives of a lot of new moms.”

By every indication, this new class of Republicans—each of them endorsed by former President Donald Trump in the 2022 midterm elections—is slowly but successfully helping to lead the Republican Party out of the establishment mold. As these senators continue their careers in Congress’s upper chamber, conservatives should look out for big things to come from the class of 2023.

Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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sharon
sharon
1 year ago

yeah for them..meanwhile I am stuck with Feterman the brain dead

Pamala
Pamala
1 year ago

Great news regarding the freshman senators!
God speed and prayers for strength while they are fighting for this country!

Susan
Susan
1 year ago

We need MORE people like these in office!!! I hope they wake up the rest of the Republican party. We need fighters like these in office! God Bless them and keep up the good work!

PHG
PHG
1 year ago

Hardly radical, in my humble opinion.

Honey
Honey
1 year ago

Key phrase – each of them endorsed by … Trump.
So tell me again how Trump endorsed candidates did not do well.
And that includes Keri Lake and others whose elections were stolen from them.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Hooray have MAGA in office needed

BACKWOODS
BACKWOODS
1 year ago

I didn’t read where any of them are involved in sponsoring a Bill to reign in our broken Elections. I live in Pa and no one is going to CONVINCE me that brain dead FETERMAN won FAIR and SQUARE.
Eliminate the Machines look what ARIZONA is going through.
Until Elections are restored we have SELECTIONS. Paper ballots and hand count.

Ann S
Ann S
1 year ago

Until we get a majority in the Senate along with the House none of this will see the light of day.
They are wonderful proposals and my fervent hope is some if not all will pass but I am afraid the dems will have none of this.
That’s not a New World Order!!!

kdesq
kdesq
1 year ago

Now to get rid of McConnell, romney, graham, thune, and other rinos.

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

All of them have good ideas and intentions, but the way the Senate works with McConnell as the all powerful king, they’re not going to accomplish much. The Senate rules suck, and need to be changed to stop one person having so much control, especially since it is a big phony like McConnell !

Gabe Hanzeli
Gabe Hanzeli
1 year ago

as long as they actively and viciously attack the democrats on every possible front.

anna hubert
anna hubert
1 year ago

Get rid of McConnell first celebrate after While at it toss out every one over 70 right across the board Time to be weaned off

pegasys
pegasys
1 year ago

How is Pete Ricketts (R) of Nebraska doing?

David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

Excellent article.

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

Why does it take someone new like Vance to propose legislation to make English the official language of United States? This should have been done 50-years ago in my opinion, so where is the problem on official language?

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

I think Trump is totally losing it. Yesterday, FOX settled case against Dominion election machines for +$780 Million dollars instead of going to trial & the same day Trump posted that it is now time for FOX to support his claims that he won the 2020 election & not Biden. What a narcissist personality .

JamesP.
JamesP.
1 year ago

IF WE only had a legitimate Media in this country.

Matthew G Zatkalik
Matthew G Zatkalik
1 year ago

I have separated myself from any association with a political party. Always asking for more money, not putting a ‘govenor’ on presidential spending, neither serving the People’s interest nor the Nation’s safety just taking money and perks for themselves. However, for me, this group of Republican’s is the only bright lights among a fantastic number of dim bulbs.

Robert Chase
Robert Chase
1 year ago

Initial burst of energy. Results are more important. Representatives and Senators are expected to build coalitions and to get good bills passed.

ronald reagan
ronald reagan
1 year ago

the gop was doing just fine under reagan with free market capitalism, now the gop is packed with idiots who learn from the dems and copy their methods but on steroids. blm and antifa methods were copied in the j6 riot on the capitol, the dems used to whine more when they lost elections, now the gop is whining more than the dems ever did over trump losing. the gop has a bad look now and the gop freshmen class is the worst of the worst. how about they study history about how reagan almost won 50 states in 1984

Jeanette
Jeanette
1 year ago

Wow..these new Senators certainly know how to get stuff done. A lot of good they can accomplish.THANK YOU!

Weary
Weary
1 year ago

GREAT Article!!

CR
CR
1 year ago

Ronald Reagan seems to be a hero to people who obviously don’t know history. He alone made divorce “no fault”, something that put divorce into overdrive in this country. Children of divorcees are more likely to become criminals, drug addicts or commit suicide. Thanks Ron. Let’s not forget starting the whole amnesty bit. Big government grew and debt skyrocketed because of him. And let’s not forget the S

Mjb
Mjb
1 year ago

A big amen to what Donald King commented! I too saved and put money away for our retirement! Since commie Joe came to power I have lost 1/3 of my savings not to mention how much I lost to inflation! I was doing great under Trump!

SRW1
SRW1
1 year ago

Keep it up!

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

That’s what we need in Washington new blood

Rexford Ames
Rexford Ames
1 year ago

If the President can open our Southern Borders. Just how are Members of Congress able to cease and desist his actions? A Law that is Presented will take upp to: 14 Different Committees, Clear the House and Senate. Then then the President has to sign the Bill before making that Bill a Law!
Does one think that Bimbo will sign it if it ever reaches his Desk???

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