Duffy Weighs in on Issues During Northwest Wisconsin Town Halls

Taylor Holt
Updated: April 05, 2018 06:38 PM

Congressman Sean Duffy made stops throughout Northwest Wisconsin Thursday hosting several town halls meetings. 

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Duffy weighed in on several controversial topics, including his support for President Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum. Thursday, he said he was "tentatively supportive" of the President's proposed $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods.

"I think what the President is trying to do he is trying to break down barriers for American goods, American manufacturing and for American families," said Duffy. "We have a pretty open economy, where people sell their goods into our country tariff and tax-free, but when our workers try to sell our goods in places like China and India, they have tariffs and barriers."

Duffy called it unfair, but also said the tariffs can lead to a trade war - which is concerning.

"China is focusing on Wisconsin specifically. They are going after our ginseng, after our cranberries, and after our dairy. They are trying to pressure our State no doubt. I don't want to see reciprocal tariffs. I don't want a trade war," Duffy said.

One of the things he expressed he wasn't concerned about was the state of the Republican Party, with the recent electing of a liberal judge to the Wisconsin's Supreme Court.

"I think that there's better energy in the Democratic Party right now, and I think that this happens to the President's Party in the first off presidential election. We see that happening right now in Wisconsin, but there's a lot of things we can run on as Republicans," said Duffy.

He says things like tax reform and a growing economy are because of their party, and will pay off with votes in the upcoming November elections. 

Residents also voiced concerns at the town hall on topics like increasing healthcare costs and immigration - another issue that Duffy says he sides with the President on with his effort to secure the border.

"I think securing the border is the right thing to do," said Duffy.

Of course, a hot topic of discussion in our country right now is gun reform - which Duffy says remains a priority they'll continue to address in Congress. 

"We have law-biding citizens that follow the law to a tee, so let's make sure we protect their rights but also work on getting folks who shouldn't have a gun and making sure we prohibit them form getting guns," said Duffy.

Duffy also held town halls Thursday in Cable, Hayward and Solon Springs.


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