Alexander, Cramer Co-Chair First TVA Caucus Meeting

Posted on March 5, 2007

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and U.S. Representative Bud Cramer (D Ala.-05) today co-chaired the first meeting of the Congressional Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus for the 110th Congress. In today’s hearing, the members discussed TVA’s economic development responsibilities and land policy. “There’s a lot that’s right about the TVA: its reliability, for example, and its willingness to be a pioneer in the area of nuclear power,” said Senator Alexander. “Now we want to give the new board a chance to complete the development of a strategic plan that will assure low-cost, clean power for the next generation.” Representative Cramer asked TVA Chairman Bill Sansom and Chief Executive Officer Tom Kilgore to discuss with congressional members TVA’s strategic plan and current matters affecting the TVA region. “I want to make sure that TVA is responsive to North Alabama,” said Cramer. “Today’s Caucus meeting is an opportunity for TVA’s leadership to begin a discussion on their plans for the future. The people in North Alabama along with everyone in the Tennessee Valley have a stake in the decisions made by TVA.” The Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus consists of Representatives and Senators from the Tennessee Valley region, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Representative Cramer and Senator Alexander were elected co-chairmen of the Caucus in January.