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!