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Joint hearing with actors Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey called off

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Laura Donovan
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Hollywood credentials might give you easy access to nightclubs, but not the halls of the Capitol.

“American Beauty” actor Kevin Spacey and “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin’s scheduled Tuesday hearing was canceled due to budget debates. The celebrities were to testify before members of Congress about the importance of arts funding, reported Politico. The hearing was scrapped, but Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. John Larson will join Baldwin on Wednesday at a press conference about campaign finance reform.

Spacey trekked to the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to talk about arts funding and said in an interview with CNN that budget cuts shouldn’t apply to the arts.

“For that billion dollars that is put into the funding of arts and culture around this country, $29 billion comes back into the Treasury … There is no other issue, no other area of the budget, that has that kind of return on its investment,” Spacey said. “Countries may go to war, but it’s culture that unites us and teaches and makes us better as citizens.”

Baldwin who said earlier this year that he was “very, very interested” in running for political office, is not quiet about his liberal political views. In February 2006, Baldwin declared former vice president Dick Cheney a terrorist.

“Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately,” Baldwin wrote in a Huffington Post blog entry.

A few days later, Baldwin blogged that he’d mischaracterized Cheney, stating, “I want to apologize to all of the readers of this blog for referring to Vice President Cheney as a terrorist … How about something more measured, then? How about … a lying, thieving Oil Whore. Or, a murderer of the U.S. Constitution?”

  • southernandproud

    Well folks, you just have to understand. It’s all about THEM!!!

  • tinteardrop

    After Baldwin expressed his desire to stone Henry Hyde to death and ‘kill their families’ it’s interesting that he’s allowed in this venue at all.

    Remember this oldie but goodie?

    “…I’m thinking to myself if we were in other countries, we would all right now, all of us together, [starts to shout] all of us together would go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death! We would stone him to death! [crowd cheers] Wait! Shut up! Shut up! No shut up! I’m not finished. We would stone Henry Hyde to death and we would go to their homes and we’d kill their wives and their children. We would kill their families.*”

    *Alec Baldwin, December 12, 1998 Conan O’Brien Show

  • ER5150

    Alec Baldwin is a dolt. Why didn’t Osama, i mean Obama pass the budget in October when the Dems controlled the house and senate, they easily could have passed anything they wanted. We are in very dangerous times and this country is on the brink. Obama doesn’t care though, this fits right in with his ideology.

  • arepeoplepayingattention2012

    Wow, Cheney as a terrorist – apology or not, if a Republican/Conservative/TEA affliate said this about a Dem, they’d be crucified. But geesh, it’s just a hollywood star. They get a pass on EVERYTHING. Child abuse, drug use, theft, not paying taxees, et. al. I don’t need to go on do I? Get real, Alec & Hollywood. If you had a President, House and Senate that did their jobs instead of campaigning on a bill you HAVE TO PASS TO SEE WHAT IS IN IT, perhaps we’d have a budget passed already and the GOP wouldn’t have to clean up their mess. How much money do celebrities/sports figures/models make for a few minutes of work? Charlie Sheen made $2M a 30 minute episode? MViera $10M a year at the Today show? LMAO C’mon. Stop the whining. Open YOUR POCKETS! Ours are empty – trying to get OUR RETIREMENT SAVED! We don’t have unions and I highly doubt, even though my units are ‘paid’ w/ SS, I’ll get a dime from it. That’s long gone. If you want $$ for the Arts, DONATE IT. Stop lining the pockets of Obama and his Demofrats. You’ll have plenty of $$ for the Arts.