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Republicans in Congress, businesses brace for tariffs

In the Senate, Republicans are opposing the duties en masse, with Senator Jeff Flake already preparing a bill to "nullify these tariffs".

"I'm going to - as soon as it comes out if it is anything approximating what he's talked about - introduce legislation to nullify it".

Top Wisconsin Republicans are not on board with President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs. He said he was glad Trump included an exemption for Canada and Mexico but said he would press the White House for more changes. Canada and Mexico are exempted amid larger trade negotiations, Trump said.

Sen. John Thune, a member of GOP leadership, described the potential for a successful legislative action a "double bank shot", Wednesday when talking to reporters. He said this was not just a disaster for the economy but also national security. When Trump first brought up tariffs last week, "no one at the State Department, the Treasury Department or the Defense Department had been told that a new policy was about to be announced or given an opportunity to weigh in in advance", according to an NBC report.

Business leaders continued to sound the alarm about the tariffs, with the CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the specter of a global trade war.

Of course, when Trump follows through with the tariff threat, he could imperil the future of the US auto industry, which President Obama pulled back from the brink of collapse.

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Arizona's GOP congressional contingent is giving President Trump's tariff proposal mixed reviews.

Wisconsin's three highest-ranking Republicans - House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen.

"We urge the administration to take this risk seriously", Donohue said.

Johnson said he's sending a formal letter to the administration to get a better understanding of their reasoning for Thursday's actions. "If I have to hold oversight hearings, I'll do that as well". He questioned whether Democrats would help Republicans block the tariffs. President Trump spoke at length about how the USA industry had been taken advantage of over the years. "If we don't stop China, America will be a weaker place with fewer good-paying jobs, with less wealth, less strength".

Schumer and others said Trump should focus on the punitive trade levies on China and other global competitors who have flooded the USA market with cheap steel and aluminum, undercutting American manufacturers of those products.

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