Alec Baldwin to Congress: Raise NEA budget to $1B [VIDEO]

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Actor and political activist Alec Baldwin said on Capitol Hill Tuesday that Congress should increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to $1 billion from its current $146 million budget.

“You can’t find the spending in federal dollars that has the resonance that these programs do and as I said last night at that lecture, not only do we need to maintain levels from, you know, 1992 and 2011, we need more,” Baldwin said, referring to the 25th Annual Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy which he delivered at the Kennedy Center on April 16.

“We need to be spending a billion dollars on the National Endowment for the Arts in this country.”

Baldwin was on Capitol Hill Tuesday meeting with lawmakers for Arts Advocacy Day alongside celebrities including musician Ben Folds and “So You Think You Can Dance” judge Nigel Lythgoe.

Following his remarks at the Congressional Arts Kick Off Event, The Daily Caller attempted to ask Baldwin about the upcoming presidential election.

“Not here now, but thank you. We’re here to promote the arts,” Baldwin replied. (RELATED: Alec Baldwin: Working for Capital One ‘might not have been the smartest move’)

In FY2011, the NEA received $154,690,000 in taxpayer funds and $146,020,992 for FY2012.

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