Washington, D.C., July 11 2011 — The House today is poised to vote on a bill repealing the ill-conceived ban on standard incandescent light bulbs. H.R. 2417, introduced by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and supported by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), would eliminate the ban scheduled to begin taking effect on January 1, 2012.
“The American people have voiced overwhelming opposition to the light bulb ban, and the House of Representatives has started to listen,” said Myron Ebell, Director of Freedom Action. “Freedom Action urges every House Member to vote Yes on Rep. Joe Barton’s bill to overturn the ban enacted in 2007 on standard incandescent bulbs.”
Freedom Action earlier this year launched a national grassroots campaign, FreeOurLight.org, to repeal the ban. The ban was included in comprehensive anti-energy legislation passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress and signed into law by Republican President George W. Bush in 2007. The 2007 law makes the sale of standard incandescent 100-watt bulbs illegal as of January 1, 2012, 75-watt bulbs as of January 1, 2013, and 60- and 40-watt bulbs as of January 1, 2014.
Freedom Action sent an e-mail action alert to its members urging them to contact their Representatives and will include the vote in its Congressional Scorecard of key votes.