SENATE RESOLUTION 528--COMMENDING THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY ON THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER SYSTEM; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 112
(Senate - July 12, 2016)

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SENATE RESOLUTION 528--COMMENDING THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY ON THE 
  80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER 
                                 SYSTEM

  Mr. ALEXANDER (for himself, Mr. Burr, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Corker, Mr. 
Isakson, Mr. Kaine, Mr. Perdue, Mr. Shelby, Mr. Tillis, Mr. Warner, and 
Mr. Wicker) submitted the following resolution; which was considered 
and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 528

       Whereas the Tennessee Valley Authority (in this preamble 
     referred to as the ``TVA'') was created by Congress in 1933 
     to improve navigation along the Tennessee River, reduce the 
     risk of floods and flood damage, provide low-cost 
     electricity, and promote environmental stewardship and 
     economic development in the region;
       Whereas the TVA submitted a plan to Congress in March of 
     1936 to improve navigation of the Tennessee River and to help 
     control flooding in the Tennessee Valley;
       Whereas Norris Dam, the first dam constructed by the TVA, 
     began to operate on July 28, 1936;
       Whereas the integrated management of the Tennessee River 
     system by the TVA provides a wide range of benefits that 
     include electrical power, reducing floods, improving water 
     quality and supply, enhancing recreation, and protecting 
     public land;
       Whereas the TVA has improved navigation of the Tennessee 
     River system and facilitated freight transportation;
       Whereas the TVA has reduced the risk of flood damage 
     through the construction of locks, dams, and reservoirs 
     throughout the Tennessee Valley;
       Whereas the TVA provides reliable and affordable 
     electricity and has stimulated economic growth;
       Whereas the TVA continues to promote economic development 
     by helping companies and communities attract investments that 
     bring good jobs to the Tennessee Valley region; and
       Whereas the TVA continues to serve more than 9,000,000 
     customers in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, 
     Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) commends the Tennessee Valley Authority on the 80th 
     anniversary of the unified development of the Tennessee River 
     system;
       (2) recognizes the important role of Norris Dam, the first 
     dam constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which was 
     completed on July 28, 1936;

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       (3) honors the accomplishments of the Tennessee Valley 
     Authority in improving navigation, controlling floods, 
     promoting environmental stewardship, and providing affordable 
     electricity throughout the Tennessee Valley region;
       (4) recognizes the Tennessee Valley Authority for its long 
     and proud history of service in the areas of energy, the 
     environment, and economic development throughout Alabama, 
     Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, North Carolina, 
     and Virginia; and
       (5) respectfully requests the Secretary of the Senate to 
     transmit a copy of this resolution for appropriate display 
     to--
       (A) the Chairman of the Board of the Tennessee Valley 
     Authority, Joe Ritch; and
       (B) the Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Valley 
     Authority, William Johnson.

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