07.15.2011 1

Light Bulb Ban Repealed In the House

Thomas Edison and his Incandescent Light BulbThis morning, the House of Representatives repealed the ban on incandescent light bulbs by a voice vote. The amendment was offered by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), and finally unravelled the ban that first moved out of Congress in 2007.

The amendment to repeal the ban on Thomas Alva Edison’s incandescent light bulb is attached to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

Earlier this week, the House considered a stand alone bill that would repeal the ban. However, the House GOP leadership brought the bill to the floor with suspended rules, which requires a 2/3 majority to pass. The bill went up in smoke as a result.

Rep. Burgess introducing this amendment revitalized the effort to bring an end to the ban on light bulb choice, and as a result, deserves much praise for leading the way in getting the repeal of the ban out of the House.

It is now up to the Senate to repeal this absurd ban.

Here is some footage of Rep. Burgess speaking on the House floor about his amendment:

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