Spacey, right, watches as Baldwin jokingly hints to the moderator to speed up his introduction at an Arts Advocacy Day breakfast on Capitol Hill. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Setting: Cannon House Office Building

Cause: A breakfast kicking off the annual Arts Advocacy Day.

What he wants: More 2012 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts than the proposed $167.5 million.

How he looked: Sleek in a gray suit.

Wingman: A late-arriving Alec Baldwin, whose flight was weather-delayed.

Hitch: The congressional committee where Spacey was scheduled to testify had to cancel because of the larger budget debate, reports our colleague Jacqueline Trescott, so he used his talking points at the breakfast.

Soundbite: “An NEA grant isn’t about the art itself — it’s about our country sending the elevator back down so that a new creative idea can get a chance to prove itself.”

Who we passed up to see them: “Law & Order: SVU” star Tamara Tunie testifying on child abuse deaths.

Read also: ArtsPost blog: Without an official hearing, arts advocates still make the case, April 5, 2011

The Crime Scene blog: ‘Law & Order’ actress petitions Congress on child abuse, April 5, 2011