Constitution Caucus Chairman Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statement today after voting in support of an amendment offered by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) to H.R. 2345, the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2012, which would prevent the Department of Energy from enforcing the federal ban on incandescent light bulbs:
"I have always believed that choice should lie with the consumers and not government bureaucrats. That is why I was excited to vote today in support of Rep. Burgess's amendment to the Energy and Water appropriations bill. Unlike H.R. 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, this amendment effectively repeals the federal ban on incandescent light bulbs without prohibiting states from creating their own energy standards and, therefore, is consistent with the U.S. Constitution."
As a cosponsor of H.R. 91, the original Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, Congressman Garrett has always supported the repeal of the ban on incandescent light bulbs. However, on Tuesday, July 12, he voted against H.R. 2417 because of a provision included in the bill that would prohibit states from creating their own standards on light bulbs. While adamantly opposed to the prohibition of incandescent light bulbs, Garrett could not vote for a bill that infringed upon states' rights and was in violation of the 10th amendment of the Constitution.