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Senate confirms 2 nominees to Tennessee Valley Authority board after recusal pledge

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — The U.S. Senate has confirmed two nominees to serve on the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public utility.

Media report the Senate held a roll call vote on the nominations of Democrats Ron Walter and Virginia Lodge after some Republicans objected to their appointment to the board. The measure passed Tuesday night 86-12.

The vote came after Walter and Lodge signed a pledge to recuse themselves from any matters that come before the board involving Democratic real estate developer Franklin Haney, who is pushing a financial plan for the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant.

Walter is the general manager of Memphis CBS affiliate WREG-TV and Lodge is a Nashville business consultant.

Both Tennessee senators voted for the measure but vowed to have more congressional oversight of the board.

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