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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is trying out his lobbying skills in the nation's capital this week. 

According to Rolling Stone, Smith is teaming up with former New York Yankees star and jazz guitarist Bernie Williams on behalf of the National Association of Music Merchants. 

They're urging members of Congress not to cut music funding in public schools in light of the National Education Association union's estimation that the sequester could cut more than four-billion dollars in spending from the Department of Education and Head Start. 

Smith says Congress has the power to "do something good here for everybody and every kid."  He adds that if it wasn't for music, he "probably would have ended up in jail or dead."  But instead, he wound up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Smith and his Chili Pepper bandmates were inducted last year.