President Obama’s appointments to serve on TVA’s board of directors have finally won approval from the U.S. Senate.

TVA-LogoWASHINGTON, D.C. – After months of delay, four people whom President Barack Obama appointed to serve on the TVA’s board of directors last year have finally won approval from the U.S. Senate.

The Senate voted unanimously to confirm Neil McBride, Marilyn Brown, Barbara Haskew and William Sansom to the nine-member board.

“This gives TVA a full board at a time when producing large amounts of low-cost, reliable, clean electricity is crucial to creating good jobs,” said U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Maryville.

Obama nominated all four to fill vacancies on the board late last year, but their nominations had been held up for months because of the objections of one or more senators under a secretive process that allows a single senator to block a vote on a bill or a nominee.

Senators who place a bill or a nominee on hold can do so anonymously, and no one came forward to publicly say why they objected to the TVA appointments.

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Source: Michael Collins | Knoxville News Sentinel
Photo: Tennessee Valley Authority