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 BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center 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 BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE said in a statement affirmed verbatim by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report Senate Dems call for Judiciary hearing on Trump's 'zero tolerance' Republicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt MORE (R-Iowa).