- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) - Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who is leading opposition in the House against legislation giving President Barack Obama authority to negotiate a trade deal without changes by Congress, has led a protest in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Democrat joined labor, environmental and business representatives on Monday in a rally against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Protesters gathered in front of the former Ansonia Copper & Brass, a once-prominent manufacturer.

In an unusual political alliance, Obama and Republicans agree on the importance of the treaty with 11 Pacific nations. At the same time, Obama and his traditional allies among liberals, organized labor and environmentalists are at odds.

Obama said Friday that opposition from Democrats is a “ratification of the status quo.”

Michigan Rep. Sander Levin, senior Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said few House Democrats would support the legislation.

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