Alexander, Corker Blocked Confirmation of TVA Board Member for New Term

Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker blocked Senate consideration of confirming President Obama’s nomination of Marilyn Brown for a new term on the TVA board, reports the Chattanooga TFP, while supporting confirmation of four new members.
The renomination of two-year board veteran Marilyn Brown, an expert and advocate of energy efficiency, was not offered to Senate members for approval.
“We respect her professional credentials, but we encourage the president to send another nominee with credentials better suited to the TVA board,” according to a Wednesday joint statement from Corker and Alexander.
Brown, a co-recipent of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, praised the Senate for approving the other four nominees, but expressed disappointment with Corker and Alexander’s characterization of her qualifications.
“I think … I’m qualified and have really pulled my weight on the board being the chair of the newly formed nuclear oversight committee for two years, which has been quite an active committee responsibility and a very important one,” she said.

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