Senator Ron Johnson weighs in on travel ban, Supreme Court nominee
8:57 AM, Jan 31, 2017
8:32 AM, Feb 1, 2017
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson calls President Donald Trump's travel ban a "pretty reasonable proposal" and is asking opponents to read the executive order "and tell me what you disagree with."
Johnson broke his silence on the travel ban affecting seven mostly Muslim countries in a radio interview Tuesday on WISN-AM. He says the order is being "blown out of proportion" by opponents.
He says Trump critics will "agitate with the smallest provocation."
Johnson is also calling on Democrats to help Republicans quickly confirm Trump's Cabinet appointees. Johnson asks Democrats to "give us a little hand here so this administration can actually get up and running and I think the roll out of these policies will be smoother."
Johnson also added he is not looking for a Supreme Court nominee whose approach to the law has changed over time.
Johnson said in the radio interview "I'm not looking for a judge to evolve."
Johnson says he is looking for a judge that is going to adhere to the law and Constitution as written.
Johnson's comments come as President Donald Trump is poised to announce his nominee for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Johnson joined with Republicans last year in blocking then-President Barack Obama's pick for the vacancy, Merrick Garland.
Johnson says he hopes Democrats will join with Republicans on Trump's pick and not filibuster the nominee. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority and it takes 60 votes to end a filibuster.