Cramer agenda good for nation and Valley
U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer-D, Huntsville, must have eaten razor blades for breakfast Thursday before he sounded off about the war in Iraq and how the Tennessee Valley Authority is operating.
His comments cut quickly to matters that for some time needed public comment from members of Congress who suffered in silence while they supported the war. But President Bush’s decision to send at least 20,000 more soldiers to Iraq apparently went too far for the veteran congressman.
He said there will be no more blank checks for the president as he expands the war. That, of course, is why the war went so far afield from its intent. The Republican majority never questioned the administration’s pursuit of the war or pressed the Defense Department for details.
Those days are over, he said.
He also put TVA on notice that the federal agency that dates to the Great Depression isn’t about to abandon its core mission. As the new co-chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus, he plans to hold members of the expanded board accountable for continued economic development in the seven-state region.
The congressman already has an appropriate agenda. He wants to revisit TVA’s controversial land-use policy, the issue of nuclear waste stored at Browns Ferry and the antiquated locks on the Tennessee River.
Go get ’em, Mr. Congressman.