Rep. Ellison brings Elmo to Congress

Alicia M. Cohn
The Hill

…Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) brought an Elmo prop with him to the House floor on Tuesday morning to help illustrate the difference between the Sesame Street character and Farfour, a mouse character on the controversial Palestinian TV show “Tomorrow’s Pioneers.”…

…Ellison criticized Congress for holding up U.S. funding for the Palestinian version of “Sesame Street,” which is called “Sharaa Simsim.”

When the Palestinian Authority applied to the United Nations for statehood in defiance of U.S. wishes, Congress froze funds through the U.S. Agency for International Development as punishment.

Congress released about 20 percent of the original funding in January through the appropriations bill for the new fiscal year.

Ellison urged that Congress stop blocking the full funding, which would support programs such as the Palestinian “Sesame Street.”…

The complete article, with video, is at The Hill.

H/T Weasel Zippers, “America is going down the crapper and this is his number one priority?”

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