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MoCo Retains Seat on Appropriations

Rosalind Helderman

House Speaker Michael E. Busch has added Del. Heather R. Mizeur (D-Montgomery) to the all-important Appropriations Committee, ensuring Montgomery retains four votes on the panel, which will be the center of action in this year's budget-dominated session.

The move was confirmed by Montgomery Chairman Del. Brian J. Feldman (D-Montgomery) and Mizeur, who said Busch felt her expertise on health policy issues would be helpful for the committee, particularly her experience with federal children's health care and medicaid funding.

Mizeur, a freshman, has long been active on health care issues, including while working on the Hill for Sen. John Kerry. She has been serving on the Health and Government Operations Committee.

Mizeur will take a seat vacated by Del. Charles E. Barkley (D-Montgomery), who said he was been moved off the committee because he opposed House leader last year and refused to support a tax imposed on millionaires.

"I spoke up for Montgomery County and my constituents," he said of his position.

Mizeur said she would ensure the county's interests are maintained on the committee. "It's another seat at the table," she said.

Other committee changes: Barkley has been moved to the Economic Matters Committee. And Republican Del. Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington), the minority whip, has been moved from the Judiciary Committee to House Ways and Means.

Other changes could be on the way as well. A spokeswoman for Busch said he hopes to announce final assignments tomorrow.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 15, 2009; 11:07 AM ET
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