Mike in the News

04/23/2015
Capuano appears on C-SPAN to discuss Dodd-Frank and the state of financial regulation

U.S. Financial Regulation Representative Michael Capuano (D-MA) appeared on C-SPAN to discuss the state of financial regulation in the U.S. and the role of the Dodd-Frank financial regulations law that President Obama signed into law on July 21, 2010. Watch the video

04/22/2015
Capuano Calls for Further U.S. Engagement to End the Violence in South Sudan

Rep. Mike Capuano and other Members sent a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry calling for further engagement by the United States to end the civil violence plaguing South Sudan. The letter urges the Administration to increase pressure on both sides to resolve their differences through a peaceful, negotiated settlement and notes that continued violence has led to hardship and violence affecting millions of innocent South Sudanese. Read more

04/08/2015
Capuano appears on WGBH news magazine Greater Boston

Reps. Mike Capuano and Stephen Lynch appear on WGBH news magazine Greater Boston to discuss ISIS, Boston's Olympic bid, cameras in the courtroom, and why they think Nancy Pelosi should step aside. Watch the video

03/10/2015
Capuano Questions Boston 2024 Salaries

Making an appearance on BostonHerald Radio, Rep. Michael Capuano said Boston 2024’s decision to pay former Gov. Deval Patrick — and other members of the leadership team — sky-high salaries for their service “raises questions about whether I would ever want to entrust them with putting the commonwealth in a position where the taxpayers might be on the hook some day.” Listen to the audio

11/09/2012
Mass. Pols Announce $33.7 Mil for Massachusetts Community Health Centers

Senator Kerry, along with Congressmen Olver, Capuano, Neal, Keating, McGovern, and Tierney, announced that 11 community health centers across Massachusetts will receive $33,716,628 to support renovation and construction projects. Read more

11/09/2012
Markey, Capuano Maintain Support for Pope John XXIII High School

The Pope John Pinnacle Awards event, which was to feature Congressmen Ed Markey and Mike Capuano as award recipients, was cancelled because of a Conference of Bishop’s rule that does not allow honors to be given to individuals whose public policy positions are inconsistent with church doctrine. Read more

11/08/2012
Joe Kennedy III, Michael Capuano take majority for their districts

Joe Kennedy III swept the majority of the Fourth Congressional District’s vote, and Rep. Michael Capuano, who represents the Eighth District but ran for the Seventh District after boundaries changed, took 84 percent of the vote. Read more

11/08/2012
Congressman Capuano Tops the Everett Ticket Among Contested Races with 82%

In Everett, Mike Capuano grabbed the highest percentage of voters in any contested race — 82 percent — and a convincing victory over challenger Karla Romero. Read more

11/07/2012
3 Dem Mass. congressmen easily win re-election

Three Democratic Massachusetts congressmen have easily won re-election. Read more

11/07/2012
Capuano, Romero face off in 7th Congressional debate

FOX 25 continued their mini-debate series on Thursday with the candidates in the 7th Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Rep. Michael Capuano and Independent challenger Karla Romero. Watch now

11/07/2012
Capuano Wins Reconfigured Seventh Congressional District

Mike Capuano earned his eighth term in Congress with a win over Karla Romero. Read more

11/05/2012
Rep. Mike Capuano Feels NOH8

Two Massachusetts congressmen, Rep. Mike Capuano and Rep. Jim McGovern joined the NO-H8 campaign, a movement started to protest California’s Prop. 8 banning same-sex marriage. Read more

11/05/2012
Somerville mayor hosts Social Security, Medicare forum

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone on Friday hosted a public forum, leading a discussion panel on the pertinence of today’s health care issues, particularly in the upcoming presidential election. Five speakers including U.S. Representative Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) discussed immediate and long-term benefits for local residents of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Read more

09/29/2012
Hundreds Rally For Warren At Boston University

At a rally at Boston University, Mike Capuano emphasized Boston’s importance in Democratic senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren’s race against Republican Scott Brown. Read more

09/17/2012
Congressman gets to know new towns

“I am trying to meet people and get a feel for the communities,’’ Capuano said. Capuano has toured schools and other public buildings in Randolph and Milton and met with local officials and civic leaders. Read more

09/17/2012
Capuano talks U.S. politics, Green Line woes at Chamber breakfast

“What’s been written [about Congress] is pretty accurate. We’re fighting like cats and dogs,” Capuano said. “The question is whether we’re going to invest in our own future.” Read more

09/17/2012
Somerville's citywide Democratic caucus gathers large crowd

A large crowd turned out at the citywide caucus in the Somerville High School cafeteria. “This is by far the biggest crowd I’ve seen here,” said Congressman Michael Capuano. “I’m glad they did it as a citywide event rather than by individual candidates. It’s a smart move.” Read more

09/17/2012
Capuano, DeMaria Meet on City’s Projects

Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. welcomed Congressman Mi­chael Capuano to City Hall to discuss ongoing initiatives, upcoming projects and future developments and events. Everett will become part of Congress­man Capuano’s Congressional District starting in January of 2013. Read more

09/17/2012
Capuano introduces himself in Milton

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano used Monday’s special town meeting as a chance to introduce himself to voters in a new part of his district. Read more

09/17/2012
Congressman Capuano Visits Eastie for Friday Lunch

Our congressman is a one of a kind. He is, above all, himself at all times, which so many of us find extremely unique and refreshing compared with the superficial and self-serving nature of most of the congress. Read more

09/17/2012
Deval Patrick’s train to nowhere

“They say the right things and they talk about the right things but I think they’ve committed themselves to more than they can possibly do,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano. Read more

09/17/2012
$2b in aid for Mass. transit projects

“A political problem in Washington [is] people really don’t want to address our transportation problem,” said US Representative Michael E. Capuano. “We have a fair number of people in Congress right now who think that all government spending is inherently evil, [but] what kind of country would we have if Eisenhower — a Republican — hadn’t built the interstate system with taxpayer dollars?” Read more

09/17/2012
OCE Board Members Face Expiring Terms

Though the future of the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) is uncertain, "It's done what it was supposed to do, which was bring credibility back (to ethics enforcement in Congress)," said Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), who chaired the task force that created the OCE. Read more

10/19/2011
Congressman Blasts Media for Sudan Apathy

"We are perfectly happy to shoot missiles at Gadhafi for threatening to hurt his people, but we are doing nothing about a government that has been killing its people for years!" said Capuano. Read more


10/19/2011
Mike Capuano on Broadside with Jim Braude

Congressman Michael Capuano joined Jim Braude on Thursday to discuss what’s going on in politics. Capuano discusses secure communities, Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren, Setti Warren, Bank of America debit card fees, and more. Watch the video

09/03/2011
Congressmen protest cuts to heat program

Democratic U.S. Reps. Michael Capuano of Somerville and Jim McGovern of Worcester, along with former Boston-area Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, held a news conference to criticize Obama’s proposed reductions just hours before the president arrived to promote education innovation and attend a political fundraiser. Read more

09/03/2011
Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Launches “It Gets Better” Video Campaign

The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation has just launched a video that supports The It Gets Better Project, an initiative started back in September 2010 with an intent to inspire hope for young individuals that deal with harassment. Read more and watch the video

09/03/2011
Capuano pans U.S. debt compromise

Capuano said he would have favored looking at ways to increase revenues in addition to spending cuts, some of which he acknowledged are necessary. The final legislation, he said, amounts to capitulation by the White House. Read more

09/03/2011
Post Office Named For Local Fallen Hero

A local native killed while serving in Iraq was honored Sunday with the renaming of the Jamaica Plain Post Office. Dozens of people and local dignitaries attended the ceremony at the Centre Street building, now named Lance Cpl. Alexander Scott Arredondo, U.S. Marine Corps Post Office Building. Read more

09/03/2011
Braude Broadside: Credit rating mess

Massachusetts congressman Michael Capuano says the country is having a debate with itself regarding what direction it wants to go in with regard to taxes and government programs. Watch the video

09/03/2011
Congressman offers striking Verizon workers support

Congressman Michael Capuano is offering striking Verizon workers a show of support. Read more

09/03/2011
Congressmen Michael Capuano, Stephen Lynch join Verizon workers on picket line

With debate swirling about whether the nation is entangled in its third recession in a decade, hundreds of striking Verizon workers marched in a picket line around company offices here and a pair of Congressmen showed up to support them. Read more

09/03/2011
Rep. Mike Capuano sees potential showdown over transportation funding next month

Federal highway and transit funding, including hundreds of millions of dollars a year to Massachusetts, could fall victim to the same brinksmanship that has characterized recent partisan fights in Congress, according to U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. Read more

09/03/2011
Massachusetts Democrat Congressmen Stand With Picketers

Some congressmen from Massachusetts recently joined the Verizon picket line. Democrat Congressman Michael Capuano (Somerville) appeared at a strike rally in Boston. Read more

09/03/2011
Verizon strikers hit Central Street

The practices of the communications giant Verizon rankled Somerville Congressman Michael Capuano, who joined the Verizon strikers in their protest. Read more

09/03/2011
Capuano decides against joining race for Brown's Senate seat

Congressman Mike Capuano, D-Mass., has decided to hang onto his seat rather than challenge U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. Read more

09/03/2011
Mike Capuano Won’t Challenge Scott Brown, Seeking Re-Election

Massachusetts Rep. Mike Capuano (D) will not take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in 2012 and instead will seek a ninth term in the House.  Read more

02/23/2011
Broadside: Rep. Capuano on union protest

On the NECN television news program "Broadside," host Jim Braude interviews Rep. Mike Capuano about public-sector labor dispute in Wisconsin. "You can not argue that working people do not have the right to negotiate their own wages and benefits," said Capuano. Watch the video

02/22/2011
We All ‘Own’ the Constitution

The new Republican leadership in the House tried to capture the U.S. Constitution by reading a somewhat bowdlerized version of it aloud on the House floor this week. “I’ve read the Constitution,’’ said U.S. Representative Michael Capuano. “I’ve also read the Bible and Moby Dick. People have argued over the meaning of these things for years.’’  Read the article

02/22/2011
Sudan Stays in the Spotlight on Capitol Hill

Speakers from the Hill confirmed their standing commitment to establishing lasting peace for all of Sudan. “We don’t do this work because it gets us a lot of votes back home,” said Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA). “We do it because it’s the right thing to do.” Read the article

02/22/2011
Hub Builds on Idea for Bill Russell Statue

Congressman Mike Capuano, whose district includes the North End, said a statue for Russell — who won 11 NBA championships, two as player coach — should have happened years ago. Read the article

02/17/2011
Community Service Block Grants May Be on the Chopping Block

“These proposed cuts [in the President's budget] are just too steep and will result in significant funding challenges for organizations like CAPIC that help families who are struggling to make ends meet,” said Capuano. Read the article

02/17/2011
Cold War: Proposed Budget Cuts To Heating Program Draw Swift Backlash

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) currently enjoys $5.1 billion in funding, but under the new budget it would be cut to $2.5 billion. It should come as no surprise that lawmakers from cold weather states have wasted no time weighing in with their displeasure. Read the article

02/07/2011
Democrat Michael Capuano Welcomes Incoming Republicans To 'World Of Responsible Governing'

Robin Young of the WBUR radio program "Here and Now" speaks with Congressman Mike Capuano about his plans for the next two years and what he has to say to the incoming Republican majority. Listen to the program

02/07/2011
Local hero remembered

Congress has approved the bill, and if President Obama signs it, the Jamaica Plain post office at 655 Centre St., will be renamed “Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo, United States Marine Corps Post Office Building.” Read the article

02/07/2011
Kids have more fun in Somerville

Selected for the third time in a row, the America’s Promise Alliance named Somerville one of the “100 Best Communities for Young People.” Read the article and watch a video featuring Rep. Mike Capuano speaking at the city's celebration event

02/07/2011
Capuano says Republican attack 'made me feel good'

Rep. Michael Capuano said he doesn’t think much of Massachusetts Republicans’ latest attack on him. Read the article

02/07/2011
Rep. Mike Capuano appears on WCVB program "On The Record"

WCVB's Ed Harding and Janet Wu interview Bay State politicians on this weekly television program. View segments from the Jan. 30, 2011, show featuring Rep. Michael Capuano.

02/07/2011
State wins $3.4M to create shared electronic health records

Senator John Kerry, along with Congressmen Jim McGovern, Barney Frank, and Mike Capuano, today announced that Massachusetts has received $3,392,629 to create health information exchanges that allow doctors to share information as patients move across health care settings. Read the article

02/07/2011
No extra security for Capuano after Tucson shooting

The tragic shooting outside of a Tucson, Ariz. Supermarket that killed six people and gravely wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., will not deter U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano from his public appearances. Read the article

02/07/2011
JP Post Office to be renamed after Lcpl. Arredondo

Following a U.S. House vote last year, the Jamaica Plain Post Office is to be named after Lcpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, a native of the community who died in active duty in August 2004 in Najaf, Iraq. Read the article

11/04/2010
Rep. Capuano On The Midterm Elections

Mike Capuano, the popular representative from the state’s 8th District – and former Somerville mayor — faces new challenges in Washington D.C. as he returns to a House newly controlled by the GOP. Listen to the interview

11/04/2010
Everything That I Believe In Is At Risk

Capuano predicts that, in the end, all of his colleagues will manage to hold onto their seats. Even if Capuano is right and the Massachusetts Congressional delegation emerges intact on November 3rd, he would return to a different House on Capitol Hill. Read or listen to the interview

10/28/2010
Menino, Capuano HUD Declare 'It's Great to Grow Green' at Covenant House in Brighton

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Congressman Michael Capuano, regional representatives of U.S. Housing and Urban Development, and other local and state officials today hailed a 15 percent energy reduction and $40,000 annual saving that result from work under a $2.7 million HUD "green" grant implemented by B'nai B'rith Housing New England at Covenant House Properties in Brighton. Read the article

10/28/2010
Capuano highlights Chinatown Coalition October meeting

The Chinatown Coalition met at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood center on the 14th for its October monthly meeting, speaking with Massachusetts Representative Michael Capuano on the upcoming elections. Read the article

10/28/2010
Mass. Gets No Pork From Sen. Brown

WBUR's Monica Brady-Myerov examines the much maligned and misunderstood topic of earmarks, and how one particular earmark-funded biotech project in the 8th district is saving lives. Read the article

10/28/2010
Sudan Caucus cranks up pressure ahead of crucial vote

A passionate contingent in Congress has been working behind the scenes to urge the administration to do all it can to help keep the peace." Read the article

10/28/2010
Capuano predicts difficult Congress next year

Mike discusses with Jim Braude the forthcoming election and possible outcomes and impacts in the U.S. House of Representatives on the New England Cable News program Broadside. Watch the video interview

10/28/2010
Somerville receives $1.8m for transportation plan

Senator John Kerry and Congressman Mike Capuano announced Wednesday that Somerville will receive $1.8 million in federal funds to complete a comprehensive citywide transportation plan incorporating the six new rapid transit stations being built in the city by 2015. Read the article

10/28/2010
What I've Learned: Representative Mike Capuano

For their November issue, Esquire sought out an historic collection of wisdom from the 111th Congress in the form of a composite What I've Learned interview. Read Mike's What I Learned interview

10/04/2010
The Record: Congress punts

Congress did not act on the Bush-era tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year, though Reps. Bill Pascrell Jr. and Michael E. Capuano proposed a sensible idea: compromise legislation that would extend current tax rates for those making under $250,000 for five years, and offer a one-year extension for individuals or couples making less than $500,000. It would also provide a five-year extension on capital gains and dividend rates. Importantly, it called for a vote in the House of Representatives before adjournment, and before the election. Read the editorial

10/04/2010
Middle class tax-cut issue backfiring on Democrats

The House and Senate adjourned last night, just weeks before the tax cuts are set to expire. “It is both a political and a governmental mistake,’’ said Representative Michael Capuano, a Somerville Democrat, of the delayed vote. He pushed for a vote this week and tried floating an alternate proposal — to no avail. “To me, it is a classic example of what’s wrong with Washington.’’ Read the article

10/02/2010
Some Dems still want action on tax cuts

House Democrats who lobbied for a decision on tax cuts before the election are frustrated that their plans are being killed because vulnerable Democrats in tough races don’t want to touch the issue. Rep. Mike Capuano's (D-Mass.) said members shouldn’t be nervous about hammering out some sort of compromise on the issue. Rep. Capuano's and Rep. Bill Pascrell's (D-N.J.) proposal would have extended, for one year, the rates for those who earn between $250,000 and $500,000. Read the article

10/02/2010
Historic Movement on Fair Elections

The Committee on House Administration passed the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R. 6116/1826); landmark legislation aimed at putting our elections squarely where they belong: back in the hands of voters. Chairman Bob Brady and his colleagues on the committee, Reps. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.), Charlie Gonzales (D-Texas), and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), must all be commended for their leadership on passing this legislation today. Read the article

10/02/2010
Cambridge public housing buildings get makeover

The Cambridge Housing Authority officially broke ground earlier this week on two public housing projects, Lincoln Way and Jackson Gardens, with Cambridge Mayor David Maher, Congressman Michael Capuano and residents of the buildings. The two buildings are receiving makeovers thanks to federal stimulus funds. Read the article

09/25/2010
‘A Testimony to the Past and Future’: The Armenian Heritage Park’s Groundbreaking Ceremony

Congressman Michael Capuano addressed attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony of the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston on September 9. Read more

09/25/2010
Lexington man organizes aid effort for flooded Pakistan

Tahir Chaudhry of Lexington and his recently formed Pak Flood Relief Group drew more than 150 people, and keynote speaker Rep. Mike Capuano, to John Hancock Hall in the Back Bay for a fund-raiser to benefit three charities in flood-stricken Pakistan. Read more

09/25/2010
Boston expanding broadband program

"Federal stimulus funds will give Boston residents increased access to computer technology, including Internet training, at locations throughout the city. Students returning to school, those searching for employment and people who need a little help navigating the Internet will all benefit from this investment," said U.S. Rep. Mike Capuano. Read more

09/25/2010
Heritage Park Ceremonial Groundbreaking, Blessing, amid Nostalgia, Hope for Future

Rep. Mike Capuano joined about 1,000 members of the Greater Boston Armenian community for the ceremonial groundbreaking and blessing of the Armenian Heritage Park along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Read more

09/20/2010
In Senate, GOP digs in on tax cuts

Senate Republicans said yesterday they are opposed to an extension of tax cuts for middle-income families unless cuts also are extended for the wealthiest Americans, setting up a defining showdown with President Obama in the run-up to November’s midterm elections. Read more

09/03/2010
Rep. Mike Capuano appears in major documentary film

Footage of a hearing on Capitol Hill in which Mike famously grills banking executives appears in a new film called Inside Job. Directed by Charles Ferguson and narrated by Matt Damon, the film examines the preventability of the global financial crisis that began in 2008. Read the article which also includes a video clip.

08/20/2010
Congressman Capuano at his very best

Chelsea owes Congressman Mike Capuano a debt of gratitude for his concerted effort to bring quite a bit of Federal money into the city allowing for, among other things, the recent purchase and payment of a $470,000 fire engine. Read the editorial

08/20/2010
In The Public Interest: Remove the Blinders

CEOs and their directors can simply dip into their corporate treasuries and spend that money on elections without seeking approval or even informing the people who own their company — the shareholders. In response to this issue, Representative Mike Capuano introduced the Shareholder Protection Act. Read the article

08/20/2010
Bill Would Give Shareholders a Vote on Corporate Political Spending

Corporations would be required to give their shareholders an annual vote on how much money to spend on political activities under a bill approved by the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday. Michael E. Capuano drafted the bill. Read the article

06/28/2010
Mike Capuano on WBZ radio program NightSide with Dan Rea

Mike Capuano is interviewed by Dan Rea and fields phone calls from listeners on the WBZ radio program "NightSide". Listen to the broadcast

06/28/2010
On The Record: Rep. Michael Capuano

Mike is interviewed by Randy Price and Janet Wu on the WCVB television news program "On The Record".  Read more and watch videos from the program

06/03/2010
Michael Capuano and Lucky Number 7

The fiery Democratic lawmaker from the 8th Congressional District is the only Massachusetts House member running for re-election this November without a Republican opponent. Read more

06/02/2010
Crowded Mass. races for Congress, statewide seats

Nine of the state’s ten Democratic U.S. House members are seeking re-election and all but Rep. Michael Capuano will face Republican competition. Read more

05/25/2010
Baggage Fee Fairness Act: bag fees refunded if airlines lose your luggage

Today Congressman Mike Capuano introduced the Baggage Fee Fairness Act, which would require airlines to refund baggage fees if the luggage is lost, damaged or delayed in reaching its destination. Read more

05/23/2010
20 Congressmen urge U.S. funding for Iraqi Armenians’ resettlement

The United States should commit additional funds for resettlement of Iraqi Armenian refugees to Armenia, twenty members of Congress argued in May 14 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read more

05/23/2010
Shaw’s strikers borrow from history

On Monday, Senator John F. Kerry, Representative Michael Capuano, and nine other Massachusetts congressional leaders sent a letter to the chief executives of Shaw’s and Supervalu, addressing the “talks that seemed to have perilously broken down’’ and urging them to go back to bargaining table with striking warehouse workers. Read more

05/20/2010
City of Somerville and MassDOT announce agreement on new location for Green Line Maintenance Facility

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today joined Congressman Michael Capuano and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone in announcing an agreement on a new preferred site for a maintenance and storage facility needed for the Green Line extension to Somerville and Medford. Read more

05/20/2010
Elections not for sale

In January the Supreme Court vastly altered the electoral landscape of 2010 with its 5-4 decision in Citizens United vs. FEC. The ruling eviscerated some important and long-standing campaign finance laws...Of course, we cannot ignore the will of our highest court. But lawmakers can seek to limit its negative impact through legislative action. One way to do that is through a corporate governance approach. Read Mike's op-ed

05/16/2010
Asking Companies to Reflect Shareholders’ Politics

Responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of corporate free speech, some are seeking to give shareholders more control over the firms’ political spending. Read more

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