Congressman Meadow’s Press Release:

Rep. Meadows’ Proposal on TVA Signed Into Law

Dec 19, 2016

Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-NC) proposal to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to ban floating cabins was signed into law by President Obama. The proposal passed the Senate as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA) earlier this month.

Earlier this year, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced their intentions to eventually outlaw floating cabins by proposing a 30-year “sunset” provision. The policy would negatively impact nearly 400 floating cabin owners on Lake Fontana in North Carolina, forcing hundreds of families to move from homes they have lived in for years while disastrously affecting their private assets and property values. The economies of nearby counties, particularly Swain and Graham County, would also feel significant negative effects.

The Subcommittee on Government Operations, which Rep. Meadows chairs, held a hearing on this issue in September that included two witnesses from Western North Carolina: Laura Sneed, founder of Fontana Families for Floating Houses, and David Monteith, Vice Chairman of the Swain County Board of Commissioners

“The TVA’s decision to ban floating cabins has already had devastating effects for hundreds of hard-working owners and the surrounding economy in my district–even well before the 30-year timeline expires,” Rep. Meadows said. “The federal government has a bad habit of getting involved in the lives of tax-paying families without seriously evaluating the consequences. This case is a classic example. I am thrilled to see the amendment become law, and while there is work to be done, I hope that this measure can play a small role in sending a message that this kind of government overreach will not be tolerated.”


Senator Burr’s Press Release:

Legislation Protecting Western N.C. Houseboats Passes Senate

12.10.16

WASHINGTON – Oversight, the Senate passed Senator Richard Burr’s (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis’ (R-NC) legislation to prevent the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from banning houseboats on Lake Fontana and Hiwasee Lake. TVA’s original proposed ban on houseboats would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners in Western North Carolina. The language was included in the Water Resources Development compromise bill which is now headed to President Obama’s desk.

“This legislation will prevent the Tennessee Valley Authority from kicking people out of their homes,” said Senator Burr. “I want to thank Congressman Mark Meadows for his work on this issue in the House. Many of these families have been living on the water for decades and I am glad they will get to remain in their homes.”

“I’m proud the Senate was able to advance this important piece of legislation,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank Senator Burr and Congressman Meadows for their hard work to ensure that houseboat owners on Fontana Lake won’t lose their homes.”

In August, Senator Burr wrote a letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority urging the agency to reconsider this proposal which would effectively ban houseboats in some parts of Western North Carolina. The full signed letter is available online here.


Senator Tillis’ Press Release:

Legislation Protecting Western N.C. Houseboats Passes Senate

Dec 10, 2016

Oversight, the Senate passed Senator Richard Burr’s (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis’ (R-NC) legislation to prevent the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from banning houseboats on Lake Fontana and Hiwasee Lake. TVA’s original proposed ban on houseboats would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners in Western North Carolina. The language was included in the Water Resources Development compromise bill which is now headed to President Obama’s desk.
 
“This legislation will prevent the Tennessee Valley Authority from kicking people out of their homes,” said Senator Burr. “I want to thank Congressman Mark Meadows for his work on this issue in the House. Many of these families have been living on the water for decades and I am glad they will get to remain in their homes.”
 
“I’m proud the Senate was able to advance this important piece of legislation,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank Senator Burr and Congressman Meadows for their hard work to ensure that houseboat owners on Fontana Lake won’t lose their homes.”
 
In August, Senator Burr wrote a letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority urging the agency to reconsider this proposal which would effectively ban houseboats in some parts of Western North Carolina. The full signed letter is available online here.

 

Senator Burr’s Press Release:

Burr Legislation to Protect Lake Fontana Houseboats Passes the Senate

09.15.16

WASHINGTON — The United States Senate today passed Senator Richard Burr’s (R-NC) legislation to prevent the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from banning houseboats on Lake Fontana and Hiwasee Lake. TVA’s original proposed ban on houseboats would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners in Western North Carolina.

“I’m pleased that the full Senate has passed this legislation, which will hopefully bring some relief to North Carolinians in Swain and Graham Counties who are worried about losing their homes because of the TVA’s proposed ban,” said Senator Richard Burr. “Many of these families have been living on the lake for decades, and no one should have to worry about losing their home because of intrusive government policies. I will continue working with Congressman Meadows to get this critical legislation passed in the House of Representatives as soon as possible.”

The Senate attached Senator Burr’s amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, a water infrastructure bill that was passed by the Senate today by a vote of 95 – 3.

The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 also contains an emergency aid package for Flint, Michigan and other communities grappling with lead-contaminated water.

In August, Senator Burr wrote a letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority urging the agency to reconsider this proposal which would effectively ban houseboats in some parts of Western North Carolina. The full signed letter is available online here.


Senator Tillis’ Press Release:

Tillis and Burr Amendment Protecting Lake Fontana Houseboats Included in Infrastructure Bill

Last night, the Senate voted to advance an amendment introduced by North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr that prevents the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from banning houseboats on Lake Fontana and Hiwasee Lake. TVA’s proposed ban on houseboats would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners in North Carolina.

“I am pleased the Senate was able to advance this important amendment to protect hundreds of houseboat owners on Fontana Lake,” said Senator Tillis. “I will continue to work with Senator Burr and Congressman Meadows to stop this gross overreach by the federal government and allow these families on Fontana Lake to keep their homes.”

“This is an important step forward,” said Senator Richard Burr. “Many of these folks have been living on the water for decades. I want to thank Congressman Mark Meadows for his work on this issue as well. I’m proud that we have been able to work together to make sure that the families living in houseboats on Lake Fontana don’t lose their homes.  I’m going to keep fighting until we’ve protected these families.”

The Senate attached the amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 infrastructure bill last night. The Senate is expected to vote on final passage of the bill this week.
 
The text of the amendment is available online here.


Congressman Meadow’s Press Release:

Rep. Meadows Introduces Bill to Stop TVA Ban on Floating Cabins

Sep 9, 2016
 
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced a bill that would stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s plan to ban floating cabins. Earlier this year, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced their intentions to eventually outlaw floating cabins by proposing a 30-year “sunset” provision. The policy would negatively impact nearly 400 floating cabin owners on Lake Fontana in North Carolina, forcing hundreds of families to move from homes they have lived in for years while disastrously affecting their private assets and property values. “The TVA’s proposal to ban floating cabins has already had devastating effects for hundreds of hard-working owners–even well before the 30-year timeline expires,” Rep. Meadows said. “This is yet another example of the federal government choosing to get involved without seriously evaluating the consequences placed upon tax-paying families. I call on my colleagues in the House to move swiftly on this bill and make a clear statement that this kind of government overreach will not be tolerated.” A Senate version of the bill was also introduced by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC).

Senator Burr’s Press Release:

Senators Burr and Tillis Introduce Legislation to Stop Tennessee Valley Authority’s Proposed Houseboat Ban

09.08.16
 
WASHINGTON — North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis today introduced legislation to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) proposed ban on houseboats, which would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners on Fontana Lake in North Carolina. “TVA’s proposed removal of houseboat owners from their homes would be devastating for many hardworking North Carolina families in Swain and Graham Counties,” said Senator Burr (R-NC). “This amendment would stop this ill-conceived TVA proposal dead in its tracks and ensure that houseboat owners are able to stay in their homes. I’m urging the Senate to pass my amendment immediately to protect these vulnerable home owners.” “The TVA’s proposed ban on houseboats is yet another example of federal government overreach that harms local communities in North Carolina,” said Senator Tillis (R-NC). “I look forward to working with Senator Burr to support this amendment and find a resolution for houseboat owners on Fontana Lake.” The legislation was filed today as an amendment to the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. The text of the amendment is available online here. In August, Senator Burr wrote a letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority urging the agency to reconsider this proposal which would effectively ban houseboats in some parts of Western North Carolina. The full signed letter is available online here.