At the budget appropriation hearing this week, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) “questioned” the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting the San Francisco Mime Troupe and an international accordion festival.

NEA spokesman later explained that the “world renowned theater organization makes important contributions to the American theater” and “is exactly the kind of organization whose future should not depend solely on the marketplace and is deserving of private and public subsidy.”

The White House requested $146.2 million the National Endowment for the Arts for the 2012 fiscal year, which is 0.0002% of the approved military budget.