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 Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery 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 Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE said in a statement affirmed verbatim by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa).