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Heard on the Hill: Shades of Sheen

What do Congress and Charlie Sheen have in common? Theyre both dysfunctional at least thats what actor Alec Baldwin implied in a National Arts Advocacy Day speech after the House Appropriations Committee canceled his testimony Tuesday.

The panel nixed the event since its members were too busy averting a government shutdown.

I didnt know Charlie Sheen was serving in the government these days, said the star of NBCs 30 Rock and movies such as Its Complicated and The Aviator.

Baldwin, a three-time Golden Globe and two-time Emmy Award winner, was scheduled to plead for more funding for the National Endowment for the Arts with Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey.

Despite his gigs cancellation, Baldwin a frequent Capitol Hill visitor who has long hinted hes interested in running for public office flew to D.C. and rallied 400 arts-funding proponents who
visited Members offices Tuesday.

And arts funding isnt his only cause: Today, hell advocate alongside Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) in support of the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill that rewards Congressional campaigns that rely
on private donations as opposed to special-interest money.

Lets hope this one doesnt also get canceled.

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