The WRDA bill passes the House and Senate and then was signed by President Obama on December 16, 2016
Please see SEC. 5003 for TVA Floating Cabin Language
- December 16, 2016 – The 2016 WRDA bill was signed by President Obama into law. Now called the “WIIN Act”, the 30 year sunset has been removed
- September 28, 2016 – The House passed H.R. 5303 Water Resources Development Act of 2016. This bill includes Congressman Meadow’s amendment to save floating homes
- September 23, 2016 – Two Swain County residents testify before the Subcommittee on Government Operations as part of a hearing REVIEWING THE TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY’S PROHIBITION ON HOUSEBOATS.
- September 15, 2016 – The S.2848 – Water Resources Development Act of 2016 was passed by the Senate on September 15, 2016. This bill includes Senator Burr’s and Senator Tillis’ amendment and was passed with a vote count of 95 YEAs and 3 Nays. Thank you Senators!
- September 9, 2916 – Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11) Introduces Bill to Stop TVA Ban on Floating Cabins and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3) immediately signed on as the first co-sponsor of the legislation. A copy of his press release can be found online here.
- September 8, 2016 – Senators Burr and Tillis Introduce Legislation to Stop Tennessee Valley Authority’s Proposed Houseboat Ban. Their press release can be found online here. A copy of the amendment can be found here.
- August 27, 2016 – Congressman Meadows issued the following statement:
“It was my hope that the board would reconsider its sunset decision. The most recent board meeting has indicated to so many that it will continue to carry out a very flawed decision that is not based on fact, science or consideration of adverse economic consequences. In light of this decision, it now brings into question the entire decision making process of every aspect of the TVA system.
I have prepared three different bills that will be introduced in the coming weeks. The first which has support of democrats and republicans as well as both chambers, will attempt to stop the houseboat action. The other two will look at the financing and government backing TVA enjoys. Yesterday I instructed committee staff to start a list of TVA witnesses to include staff and board members, as we prepare for hearings in Washington DC.
The next thirty days will provide concrete actions that will require the TVA board and management to address a host of issues. ” – Congressman Mark Meadows
- August 25, 2016 – Members of Fontana Families and the TVFHA attended the TVA Board meeting in Knoxville, TN. Watch clips of the meeting on here
- MAY 5, 2016 – The TVA Board voted to sunset the floating homes in 30 years. Watch clips of the meeting here
- MAY 4, 2016 – SEVEN TN Congressman sent a joint letter to the TVA Cong. Diane Black
Cong. Marsha Blackburn, Cong. Stephen Fincher, Cong. Chuck Fleischmann. Cong. John J. Duncan, Jr., Cong. Scott DesJarlais and Cong. Phil Roe
- MAY 4, 2016 – Congressman John Duncan sent a letter to the TVA
- MAY 3, 2016 – The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians unanimously pass a Resolution in support of Option B1
- MAY 2, 2016 – Haywood County Commissioners in NC Passed a Resolution in support of the floating houses
- APRIL 21, 2016 – The Swain County Commissioners passed Resolution #900-2016-1
- APRIL 20, 2016 – THE TN JOINT RESOLUTION 676 sponsored by Senator Yager passed UNANIMOUSLY through the Tennessee General Assembly.
- Several communities as well as the State of Tennessee have taken official action to support these homeowners in their efforts to address these concerns with the TVA Board. In NC, the Graham County Commissioners and Swain County Commissioners voted to support grandfathering the houses. Campbell, Anderson, Claiborne and Washington Counties in Tennessee did the same.
- APRIL 19, 2016 – Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to the TVA on our behalf
- The TN SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 676 sponsored by Senator Yager passed UNANIMOUSLY through the Senate and will be presented to the Tennessee General Assembly by April 22, 2016.This resolution came through the collaborative work of floating home owners and the Nashville law firm of Farrer and Bates.
- February 2016 – The TVA announced a 20 year sunset proposal