White Stripes' 'Effect And Cause' quoted by US congresswoman

Song gets dissected by Donna Edwards

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The White Stripes' 2007 song 'Effect And Cause' has been used in a speech by US Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards to chide opposition politicians.

Watch footage of Edwards speaking about the song by scrolling down and clicking below.

Edwards quoted lyrics from the song after saying it was "a lesson to our Republican colleagues". She was speaking in a debate about the possible closure of the US federal government last week, reports The Telegraph.

She referenced the song by telling Congress: "If you're heading to the grave, you don't blame the hearse."

Edwards then added: "You seem to forget just how this song started. You just can't take the effect and make it the cause."

A shutdown of the federal government was temporarily avoided on April 8, as the Republicans and Democrats came to an agreement over the matter with just two hours to go before deadline.


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