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Light Bulb Ban Repeal Hits House Floor

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Location: Washington, DC

Blackburn Authored Legislation Restores Consumer Choice And Common Sense

Today the House will debate HR 2417, a bill authored by Rep. Joe Barton, Rep. Mike Burgess, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-7). The bill will repeal energy standards included in the 2007 Energy Act. Those standards effectively ban some incandescent lightbulbs in 2012. They were implemented to create new jobs in the United States while conserving energy. Four years later, inefficient CFL bulbs don't conserve energy, don't work as promised, and are all made overseas. Speaking on the light bulb ban, Blackburn said:

"It doesn't matter if I am here in Washington or home in Tennessee; every day people come up to me and complain about the light bulb ban. I agree with them that this is a Big Washington Big Idea that backfired. Consumer choice, not Members of Congress, should dictate what products succeed in the American marketplace. In 2007, Congress banned a popular on the promise that a new technology would save energy and create jobs. That isn't how it worked out. Now busy working moms are paying $4.00 a gallon for gas and then drive to three and four stores to build stockpiles of the old incandescent bulbs; bulbs that work well, aren't filled with mercury, are made in America, and don't cost an arm and a leg. The time has come to admit that Congress meddled in matters we didn't understand and produced results we couldn't anticipate. The time has come to repeal this silly light bulb ban."


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