WASHINGTON - A Minnesota mother and her 18-month-old daughter were among hundreds in Washington on Tuesday to lobby against toxic chemicals.

 Sara McLoone of Minneapolis and her daughter, Scout, visited with the state’s congressional delegation as part of a "stroller brigade" with parents from more than 40 states to fight toxins.

"As a mother, it’s difficult to find products free of toxic chemicals," McLoone said. "It’s time Washington gets back to business and pass strong laws on toxic chemicals.”

The effort is to protect pregnant women and children from toxic chemicals, many of which are linked to cancer, birth defects, early puberty, asthma and other serious illness.