Rep. Bill Orton, D-Utah, didn't get his dream committee assignment, but he is more than happy with the one he did receive.

Democrats told him Friday he will be appointed to the House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs."I'm delighted to have been selected to serve on one of the most challenging committees in Congress today," Orton said.

"I look forward to bringing fiscally conservative values and some good old-fashioned discipline to the troubled banking and savings and loan industries."

He added that his fiscal expertise as a tax attorney should equip him well for the assignment.

Because of those skills, Orton had dreamed of appointment to the prestigious, tax-writing Ways and Means Committee - but few freshmen are ever appointed to it.