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Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standards

House Roll Call No. 563
112nd Congress, 1st Session

Failed: 233-193 (see complete tally)

Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2417, the deceptively titled Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, which would eliminate common-sense energy-efficiency standards for light bulbs.  These standards passed with strong bipartisan and industry support and were signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007.  H.R. 2417 would roll back the financial and public health benefits of these standards, which will provide billions of dollars in savings for American families and energy savings equivalent to the energy provided by 30 large power plants, reducing harmful pollution.  On July 12, a House vote to suspend the rules and pass the bill with a two-thirds majority failed on a 233-193 vote (House roll call vote 563).  NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.  Unfortunately, language that prohibits the Department of Energy from using funding to implement or enforce the light bulb energy efficiency standards was included in the compromise FY12 omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 2055, which the president signed into law on December 23.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 563
Votes For : 233
Votes Against : 193
Voted "Present" : 1
Not Voting : 4


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