Rep. Burchett’s first bill focuses on openness and transparency

January 31, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. (Jan. 31, 2019) – Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) introduced his first bill as a U.S. Congressman. The bill seeks to require meetings and subcommittee meetings of the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors to be transparent and open to the public.

“Both in the state legislature and as mayor I focused on increasing openness and transparency in government, and this bill continues those efforts at the federal level,” said Congressman Burchett.

The bill would amend the Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933 Section 2(g)(2) to include a section on transparency. The “Tennessee Valley Authority Transparency Act of 2019,” as it may be cited, would require meetings of the TVA Board to be held in public, properly noticed, and make available minutes and summaries of each meeting.

“I had a good, informative meeting with TVA CEO Bill Johnson this week, and while I understand that TVA has reasons for not wanting to open all meetings to the public, as an entity created and protected by Congress, the public deserves to know the Authority’s business is as open and transparent as possible,” Burchett said.