Lawmakers react as Doha falters

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round of trade talks ground to an indefinite halt yesterday, dimming the prospects for congressional approval of a new trade pact under so-called “fast track” rules and leaving GOP leaders to reaffirm faith in the firm stance of U.S. trade negotiators.

House Majority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE (R-Ohio) praised the initial U.S. offer of farm-subsidy cuts and pointed to the European Union’s refusal to match that with a similar reduction in agricultural tariffs.

“No deal is better than a bad deal,” BoehnerJohn BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB MORE said in a statement affirmed verbatim by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senator: Trump budget chief could face confirmation 'problems' Jeff Sessions will protect life Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes MORE (R-Iowa).