Issa asks to observe Asia-Pacific trade pact talks

“It is my hope that observing the negotiating process firsthand will help to alleviate some of my concerns about the process through which the agreement is being negotiated.”

The TPP's 11 nations — Mexico and Canada were recently invited to join the talks — are entering their 13th rounds of talks and have said they hope to have an agreement by the end of the year, possibly before the November elections. 

In May, Issa posted the intellectual property section of the TPP agreement from February 2011 on his "Keep The Web Open" site.

Kirk has maintained that the trade talks require a certain amount of secrecy to keep discussions flowing and more open to issues that the countries may otherwise avoid.