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Republicans Finally Earned Their Paycheck Today

Nothing irks me more then the leviathan known as the United States Federal Government trying to change my habits by fiat and today, the Republicans in the House took the first step in pulling back that type of legislation It May Mean Absolutely Nothing To Most Americans, But To Me, It Is The Liberty Inherent In Making My Own Choices

The U.S. House approved a provision to save for a year the 100-watt incandescent light bulb, which has become a pear-shaped symbol of personal freedom to some Republicans.

Lawmakers passed on a voice vote an amendment to energy-spending legislation for fiscal year 2012 barring the Energy Department from implementing or enforcing lighting-efficiency standards set by 2007 legislation. The law would effectively push the traditional bulbs off store shelves, starting with the 100-watt version next year.

Republicans passed the amendment over objections from Democrats, environmental groups and lighting manufacturers such as Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric Co., which have retooled factories and products to meet the new standards. Critics said consumers should be able to buy the cheapest bulbs on the market.

“The federal government has no right to tell me or any other citizen what type of light bulb to use at home,” said Representative Michael Burgess, a Texas Republican who sponsored the amendment, during debate yesterday. “It is our right to choose.”

President Barack Obama’s administration has said the light-bulb standards will save consumers $6 billion in 2015.

Democrats rejected Republicans’ complaints that the bulb standards would restrict choice, saying companies already produce more than one type of lighting that would comply with the law, including a more efficient and more expensive incandescent.

The House passed the spending bill that includes the light-bulb amendment by a 219-196 vote, with 10 Democrats joining the majority and 21 Republicans opposing the measure.

The legislation provides $30.6 billion in funding for energy- and water-related programs, about $5.9 billion less than the amount requested by President Barack Obama, and about $1 billion less than the programs received for fiscal 2011.

The added bonus was an actual bill that was 5.9B less then this big spender in the White House requested, it is small potatoes compared to to the trillions we are dealing with in debt right now but hot damn its a start!

JadedByPolitics
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    • Glad I’m not the only one obsessed with this issue. Got into a discussion about it today with daughter #2.

      People either understand individual liberty and the free market or they don’t.

      Keep us posted, J.

      • Shoot I am glad two of you came in to say something, I hate to think that something like this little light bulb is not seen as something much bigger, such as Obamacare and then the CAFE standards on vehicles to force us to buy those damn electric cars, it is all about control and it started a long time ago, we were just too damn blind to see it!

  1. I really appreciate this update, Jaded, it’s been a crazy week and I kind of lost track of the light bulb issue. It is one I take seriously, not only because of the over-arching loss of freedom concerns, but also for practical reasons. I’ve tried the curly bulbs and I can’t see true colors under them, which plays merry hell with my “therapy hobbies” of stamping and scrapbooking. Dennis Miller is right – using the curly bulbs causes your home to be lit like a staircase fight scene in a Jason Bourne movie. This is not to mention the expense and my very real concerns about having to follow haz-mat procedures if you happen to break one of the darn things. I don’t have time to do stop and do all that when I’m trying to work, take care of the family, and everything else.

    Do you know where we can see a list of the 21 Republicans who voted against this? I can’t seem to find it, but we need to tack this vote firmly to their foreheads and take pictures.

    • I have searched the internets and I cannot find the votes, I have tried every combination of Water Appropriations Act, votes, today’s date and cannot find a vote count….when I find it I will definitely come back here and post it 🙂

  2. If this does pass and add a lifeline to the use of incandescent bulb for a short period of time I thought I remembered reading the last American plant that was producing them has already shutdown.

    Like most other manufacturing jobs it was moved “off-shore”.

    This move to the shove it down your throat legislation was typical of the ruling class though. It really does burn my butt. It makes it worse when the Republicans participate in this too as Kimberly mentioned.

  3. Upton was made chairman of Energy and Commerce despite the fact that he was a co-sponsor of the light bulb ban….a co-sponsor….a co-sponsor. Oh, but he was only for the light bulb ban before he was against it, dontchaknow? And he’s just smart as a tack, dontchaknow? He’s so smart and hip and capable, just the guy we need in there. Why, he’s so smart at one time he thought it would be a good idea to let the enviro whackos do whatever they wanted to. He is probably still pondering the weighty issue of whether it would be a good idea for Lisa Jackson to regulate ‘ farm dust’.

    • Bob he was also the one who put the original bill up for a larger majority to vote on instead of just having it be a simple majority, other then Boehner and possibly Cantor (we will see on this debt ceiling vote) Fred Upton MUST be primaried!

  4. I’m glad this passed. I know it’s not the biggest issue, at least not when compared to Obamacare, but the pushback has to start somewhere, and I’m just glad it’s starting.

    Now, Congresscritters, onward and upward!

    • Glad I’m not the only one obsessed with this issue. Got into a discussion about it today with daughter #2.

      People either understand individual liberty and the free market or they don’t.

      Keep us posted, J.

      • Shoot I am glad two of you came in to say something, I hate to think that something like this little light bulb is not seen as something much bigger, such as Obamacare and then the CAFE standards on vehicles to force us to buy those damn electric cars, it is all about control and it started a long time ago, we were just too damn blind to see it!

  1. I really appreciate this update, Jaded, it’s been a crazy week and I kind of lost track of the light bulb issue. It is one I take seriously, not only because of the over-arching loss of freedom concerns, but also for practical reasons. I’ve tried the curly bulbs and I can’t see true colors under them, which plays merry hell with my “therapy hobbies” of stamping and scrapbooking. Dennis Miller is right – using the curly bulbs causes your home to be lit like a staircase fight scene in a Jason Bourne movie. This is not to mention the expense and my very real concerns about having to follow haz-mat procedures if you happen to break one of the darn things. I don’t have time to do stop and do all that when I’m trying to work, take care of the family, and everything else.

    Do you know where we can see a list of the 21 Republicans who voted against this? I can’t seem to find it, but we need to tack this vote firmly to their foreheads and take pictures.

    • I have searched the internets and I cannot find the votes, I have tried every combination of Water Appropriations Act, votes, today’s date and cannot find a vote count….when I find it I will definitely come back here and post it 🙂

  2. If this does pass and add a lifeline to the use of incandescent bulb for a short period of time I thought I remembered reading the last American plant that was producing them has already shutdown.

    Like most other manufacturing jobs it was moved “off-shore”.

    This move to the shove it down your throat legislation was typical of the ruling class though. It really does burn my butt. It makes it worse when the Republicans participate in this too as Kimberly mentioned.

  3. Upton was made chairman of Energy and Commerce despite the fact that he was a co-sponsor of the light bulb ban….a co-sponsor….a co-sponsor. Oh, but he was only for the light bulb ban before he was against it, dontchaknow? And he’s just smart as a tack, dontchaknow? He’s so smart and hip and capable, just the guy we need in there. Why, he’s so smart at one time he thought it would be a good idea to let the enviro whackos do whatever they wanted to. He is probably still pondering the weighty issue of whether it would be a good idea for Lisa Jackson to regulate ‘ farm dust’.

    • Bob he was also the one who put the original bill up for a larger majority to vote on instead of just having it be a simple majority, other then Boehner and possibly Cantor (we will see on this debt ceiling vote) Fred Upton MUST be primaried!

  4. I’m glad this passed. I know it’s not the biggest issue, at least not when compared to Obamacare, but the pushback has to start somewhere, and I’m just glad it’s starting.

    Now, Congresscritters, onward and upward!

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