Sounds ludicrous? Admittedly, it is extremely odd. Elmo is a Muppet character from the children’s television show Sesame Street. 

The son of two puppets from South America, Elmo is voiced by Kevin Clash who uses falsetto to produce the distinctive voice. So why exactly would this strange red puppet from a children’s show go before Congress? 

At the request of Representative Duke Cunningham, Elmo testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services in April of 2002. 

He spoke about government funding for musical education and urged his support. Did Elmo make a difference? While the arts have made a slight comeback in recent years among America’s youth, Elmo can now proudly say he stood before Congress to alter the future of our country!