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That agreement is tucked inside the massive 1,200-page spending bill that funds the government through the rest of this fiscal year, and which both houses of Congress will vote on Friday. Mr. Obama is expected to sign the bill, which heads off a looming government shutdown.
Congressional Republicans dropped almost all of the policy restrictions they tried to attach to the bill, but won inclusion of the light bulb provision, which prevents the Obama administration from carrying through a 2007 law that would have set energy efficiency standards that effectively made the traditional light bulb obsolete.
Stopping the bulb ban was a chief GOP priority coming into this year, with all of the candidates seeking to become chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee saying they would push through a repeal. That bill cleared the House but Democrats blocked its consideration in the Senate.
House Republicans then insisted on adding a provision into the year-end spending bill, and it was one of the last major sticking-points in the negotiations.
Originally posted by QuantumCypher
reply to post by Zanti Misfit
Actually, they did no such thing. The best they were able to do was to put in a provision which prevents the administration from spending any money to promote or enforce the law. Which makes it a temporary reprieve at best.
One would think that the Washington Times would get the headline right, since in their article itself it says as much.
Originally posted by bakedbluedevil
It doesn't really matter there are very few if any light bulb manufactures in the US anyway and because they all thought the ban was coming in they quit making the incandescents.
Who do you think didn't retool to make the new bulbs China. Now the Public can choose between cheap Chinese bulbs or Made it the USA more expensive and more dangerous. Not to mention the Chinese have a big market share for the new bulbs.
looks like they got us again
We don't need no stinking funds
Globalization the cutting edge of screwing youedit on 17-12-2011 by bakedbluedevil because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SJE98
These new bulbs, how can put it. They Suck. Another one blew up on me and tripped the GFCI, in the process the bulb cracked open into two pieces when it blew. Darn these things will start a fire in someones home sooner or later. I guess the mercury was sucked into the return vent and was distributed though out the rest of my house. I only used that bulb because it came with this construction light. no more for me.
Sooner or later they will be a black-market for normal light bulbs, and more expensive than drugs to buy.
edit on 18-12-2011 by SJE98 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Zanti Misfit
We have a Right to Light , The Light of Our Choosing ! .Hurray !