Flocking Together on Trade

Congress and Reagan move toward a bill on "competitiveness"

Congress has been compared to an aviary whose inhabitants tend to band together in tiny groups that flap around in circles. But every now and then all the birds wing in tight formation to the same destination. It happened last year on tax reform and drug legislation. As the 100th Congress gets to work, the flock is forming early. This time its goal is to pass a trade bill, one that, for a change, will not be shot down by President Reagan's veto.

The prospects are excellent because the U.S. trade deficit is so dreadful. From less than $40 billion in...