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Watch Cute Kids Sing John Oliver's Song For DC Statehood

Published by Huffington Post on Mon, 10 Aug 2015

A group of cute kids gathered in front of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday morning to advocate for statehood for the District of Columbia, singing comedian John Oliver's D.C. statehood song. On last Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight," Oliver dedicated a segmentto explaining the fight for statehood in Washington, D.C. At the end, Oliver led kids in a rendition of the famous "50 States Song" -- with new lyrics. Alabama and Alaska,Arizona, ArkansasCalifornia, ColoradoConnecticut and moreThere are 50 states in totalAnd well sing their names with gleeBut theres one place that gets shaftedAnd its Washington, D.C. All the rest of us can choose a path That we think is best But any choice that D.C. makes Is easily suppressed Cause some asshole with a riderWho might live in TennesseeCan destroy a needle programFor preventing HIV. The District of Columbia has no voting representation in Congress, but Congress has substantial control over the city's budget and laws. Congress has frequently blocked or changed measures that D.C. residents voted to approve, such as marijuana legalization and needle exchange programs. While the District has a representative in Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), she has no formal powers. "She basically has pretend power, like a child watching 'Dora the Explorer,'" Oliver said. Oliver's segment has inspireda renewed fight for D.C. statehood among the city's residents and elected officials. A community group called The Hill Is Home organizedSunday's singalong. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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