Wisconsin Republican would sign on to bill to nullify Trump tariffs

Wisconsin Republican would sign on to bill to nullify Trump tariffs
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonAmbassador Gordon Sondland arrives on Capitol Hill for testimony in impeachment inquiry GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate Sondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy MORE (R-Wis.) said on Sunday that he would support a bill that would nullify President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE’s recently announced tariffs, but doubts such legislation would pass.

“I would, but I doubt it would have any chance of passing or, even if it passed, that we would have the votes to override the veto,” Johnson told CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about supporting legislation to nullify the tariffs.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeVulnerable senators hold the key to Trump's fate Trump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong How to survive an impeachment MORE (R-Ariz.) said last week that he will introduce legislation that would revoke Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs.

Johnson on Sunday noted that people in his home state of Wisconsin were becoming more confident in the economy because of Trump's recent moves to reduce regulations.

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We made American businesses more competitive.  We gave real tax cuts to Wisconsinites and Americans,” Johnson said. “There's really growing level of optimism because we're returning certainty to the American and Wisconsin economy.”

The senator said, however, that the tariffs and talk of ending the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have made people uncertain about their economic future.

“And the talk of canceling NAFTA and now imposing these steel tariffs have just interjected uncertainty into the economy, where it just wasn't necessary,” Johnson said. "So, I'm really concerned that this is counterproductive, as well as you could really result in retaliatory actions by our trade partners.”

Trump announced last Thursday that he would be placing a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum.

Mexico, Canada and Australia have been exempted from the tariffs and Trump has signaled that exemptions might be available to other nations.