Rep. Capuano Named to House Budget Committee

February 8, 2001 -- U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) was named to the House Committee on the Budget this week. The House Committee on the Budget crafts a blueprint for the funding of all federal programs in the coming fiscal year. Their work represents the first step in the budget process at the Congressional level. The Budget Committee also authorizes spending limits for the coming fiscal year.

"I am very much looking forward to this new assignment. It's a great opportunity to be involved in setting spending priorities for the coming fiscal year and to learn about the nuances of the federal budget process," stated Rep. Capuano.

Rep. Capuano is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School. He took graduate tax law classes at Boston University and specialized in tax law while a practicing attorney. He served as Mayor of Somerville from 1990- 1999. During that time period, the city's bond rating - a measure of a community's fiscal health, was upgraded four times. Rep. Capuano is also a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and serves as a Democratic Regional Whip. He has taken a leave of absence from the House Committee on Science. This leave will be in effect for the duration of the Budget Committee assignment.