I find this quote rather revealing:
“We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.” Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.)
Perhaps Rep. Stutzman could benefit from the advice of the Stanford Business School. The first pitfall to avoid in negotiation:
1. Poor Planning: Successful negotiators make detailed plans. They know their priorities — and alternatives — should they fail to reach an agreement. You must know your bottom line, your walkaway point. In addition, you need to understand time constraints and know whether this is the only time you will see your opponents in negotiation.
As things stand, one side refuses to negotiate and the other side has no idea what it would want to get out of a negotiation. This remains a fascinating situation.