"Not necessarily because it creates the best art but because they (the NEA) are trying to secure political support so they can continue to exist," Boccia said.
"I think that is a highly likely scenario," said Romina Boccia, a budget specialist at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "Currently there is discussion of a bigger defense supplemental [measure] that would also involve potential some border funding, funding for homeland security, the immigration priorities that the president has laid out. That's the easiest way of getting around the budget caps. I think it's fiscally irresponsible, but that's been the trend and that's the current discussion."