Alexander retaliates for blocked GOP appointments to TVA

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander is retaliating against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for blocking the reappointment of two Republicans to the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

A spokesman says Alexander has placed a hold on an appointment by Reid, a Nevada Democrat, to the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Reid has been holding up the TVA board reappointments of two Tennesseans -- Bishop William Graves of Memphis and Tennessee GOP activist Susan Williams of Knoxville -- for what he has called a lack of bipartisan balance on the board.

The only Democrat on the TVA's board retired this month. Knoxville-based TVA is the country's largest public utility.

The nonpartisan Institute of Peace is a government-funded think tank and training center.

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