U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab made a proposal at the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, was enthusiastic about the offer saying it signals that the
"This proposal must be met with comparable initiatives on the part of other key WTO members in the areas of agricultural and industrial goods market access," Harkin said. "I remain hopeful that an agreement is within reach."
Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, chose not to comment on the offer and National Farmers Union President Tom Buis spoke briefly, saying that the offer didn't guarantee the
While the European Union responded positively to the move,