Lights Out… Democrats Block Repeal of Lightbulb Ban – Vote Gives Jobs to China

House democrats blocked the repeal of the light bulb ban. A majority of Americans oppose the government’s unpopular and unnecessary ban on incandescent bulbs and infringement on choice. On January 1 2012, 100 watt incandescent bulbs will become illegal, with lower wattages to follow.

The democrats just voted to give jobs to China.

The Politico reported:

House lawmakers Tuesday stymied an initial effort by Republicans to put an end to infamous light bulb efficiency standards.

The bill from Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) to repeal part of a 2007 energy law requiring traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient beginning in 2012 failed to get the necessary two-thirds support needed for approval under expedited rules. A majority of members — 233 — supported the repeal, including five Democrats. Ten Republicans joined 183 Democrats opposing the measure.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi personally whipped Democratic Caucus members to vote against the bill, a Democratic aide told POLITICO.

“I was concerned that Ms. Pelosi might make it a litmus test issue in her caucus, and she did,” Barton said after the vote. “We only got 5 Democrat votes. Everybody in the Blue Dog caucus and the Black caucus that voted no, voted against their constituents.

“I thought I had 25 at a minimum. I thought, if it were truly a free vote, I thought we’d pass it on suspension,” he added.

Barton said his plan is to move the measure under a regular rule requiring only majority support or as a spending bill amendment.

“We can put it on an appropriations bill. We can back it under a rule. I can try and go to some of the Democrats who didn’t vote for it and figure out a way to get them to consider voting for it in a little bit of a different format,” he said.

Of course, with their vote today the democrats gave good paying American jobs to China. The lightbulb ban forced several US manufacturing plants to close their doors. Meanwhile, the labor-intensive CFL production is thriving – in China.
Thanks democrats.

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  • I_B_Prophen

    Time for a trip to Home Deopt and Lowes.
    Stock up on the incandescents folks.
    When they’re gone, they’re gone.
    You gotta love this Administration!
    Orwell would be proud!!

  • toongoon


  • The *weak sisters* in DC can’t knock out a bad light bulb… I truly think America is SCREWED…

    And I said screwed… 😛

  • Got Billy Ayers on Speed Dial

    This vote is unforgivable for republicans who support the ban.

  • Jack10

    GW Bush passed this bill. Get your facts straight morons.

  • I_B_Prophen

    . . . Yes but we had a chance to set it right, and WE DID NOT!!!!
    Did we???

  • toongoon

    We’ve got bigger problems than light bulbs. Senate Majority Leader McConnell wants to give Obama the power to raise the debt limit on his own whim.

    The republicans are showing that they are complicit with zero in bringing the US to her knees AGAIN.

    Light bulbs at this point just don’t seem to hold a candle, (pun intended).

  • tommy mc donnell

    once again our elected officials vote againist the will of the majority of their constitutents. this is an imperial government the will of the people means nothing to them. remember government of the people , by the people, for the people. for almost three years now its been destroyed by this group.

    there are ten republicans that need to be primaried out of office.

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  • Molon Labe

    How sick are GOP tactics. Since when do you need a two thirds majority to end a law?

  • Here’s a list of the 10 Republicans who votes NO and the 4 Dems who didn’t vote:

  • Makes you think the establishment Repubics like Boehner wanted it to fail by bringing it directly to the floor for a vote, which needs 2/3rds to pass, instead of simply running it through committee and then out for a vote, which only needs a simple majority. They had better get it tacked onto something that passes before the ban goes into effect or their ineptitude should bring about political “lights out” for the RINOs and Repubics who let this happen.

  • Oops. I just realized that you linked to us in the article! Ha! thanks!

  • Walknot

    I guess upset’n the herd is a good thing, makes them RINOs easier to spot.

  • Lee
  • Larkin

    Term limits.

    Get the weasels out of the hen house.

  • Moright

    Thought this one was a no-brainer. Thanks for the names, Poor Richard.

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  • What a golden opportunity for China to put miniature listening device bugs in light bulbs.. what better way to spy on corporate and defense meetings? Just transmit conversations and even video to a local laptop and you have classified info without hacking computer networks.

  • Ozark Lee

    Some enterprising entrepreneur will follow the lead that is happening in Europe – sell 100 Watt bulbs as “heaters” to skirt the law.

    Of course the “enterprising entrepreneurs” sell them for double the current street value of a light bulb.

    Can someone stop the world so that I can get off?


  • MamaGrizzly

    Someone has to know WHY everyone is so big on selling out the United States. It’s like they’ve seen something or someone we haven’t . . .

    GE is making billions on this deal.

    This is big business corporate crap in league with the Marxists in the WH. Just sickening. The real light bulbs are already disappearing from the shelves at Wal-Mart, etc.

  • gus


  • Redwine

    Here are the names of the 10 GOP morons who voted for this utterly idiotic ban against American jobs (and for Chinese jobs) and totally safe bulbs. If they’re up for re-election in 2012, vote ’em out. Certainly let them know that you know what damage they’ve done:
    Rep. Charles Bass [R, NH-2]
    Rep. Brian Bilbray [R, CA-50]
    Rep. Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5]
    Rep. Morgan Griffith [R, VA-9]
    Rep. Richard Hanna [R, NY-24]
    Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R, KS-1]
    Rep. Tom Reed [R, NY-29]
    Rep. Dave Reichert [R, WA-8]
    Rep. Scott Rigell [R, VA-2]
    Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5]

  • Francesca

    I hate the new light bulbs, and I am honestly beginning to hate the jerks in Washington. What on earth is wrong with them? Why can’t they accomplish this small task for their constituents? If I were younger and had no family here, I would think seriously about moving somewhere else. Our country is so down the tubes that it is making me physically ill.

  • TXConservativeMan

    We need to understand that this law was acutally insitigated by republicans and signed into law by George W. Bush. I do not agree with the vote against the repeal by any means, but if it were not for the repubs to begin with, we would not have to worry about this.

  • bigkahuna

    We need to boycott GE and show those bastards they dont represent America no more. Tell them to shove their curly CFL’s up their a$$es. Then we should all stand outside congress and throw about 50000 CFLs on the steps. Let them shut down congress from the mercury poisoning and save us all from these idiots getting together for a while.

  • Just_Saying

    The insane thing about the new bulbs is that they cause mercury poisoning wherever discarded/broken. And the EPA is behind this poisoning of the environment? Nuts!

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Ten Republicans joined 183 Democrats opposing the measure.

    This is what puts the “stupid” in the Stupid Party.

  • jennifer

    Post #5 is right, this truly is Bush’s fault, as is his signing CPSIA, for those of you who don’t know about that bill, it literally bans selling your kids toys at yard sales or online, or simply donating them to charities. Folks who make handmade toys from wood, etc. have to go through costly lead testing, which also puts them out of business. You have to have each toy tested for lead. Old children’s books have to be burned as well. Look it up. Right now the gov’t isn’t enforcing this law because of the huge outcry, but it’s in the books, it is the law. Makes me sick. Dumb progressive Republican president did this. Let’s please make sure we don’t get another progressive Republican (Romney) as the nominee. He’s just chomping at the bit to sign more destructive laws (Romneycare, anyone?).

  • TXConservativeMan

    Just_, I agree. I find it intriguing that the EPA is allowing this, though they will probably just get sued by the other party that Mr. Hoft presented a couple of days ago.

    Our government has become so backwards and twisted that everytime I read something that Mr. Hoft presents or hear on AFA Talk, I get infuriated and inspired to do something about it. I am afraid that I will just be shoved aside because I would be unwilling to compromise my morals and ethics to achieve something that a “party” or other political presence would see fit.

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  • Hard Right

    Off topic but interesting —

    Nixon OKs drug tests for welfare recipients

    Probably won’t amount to anything. Officials have to have “reasonable cause.”

  • Gini

    Bought my supply of 100 watt bulbs a few months ago.
    If Home Depot is out of stock, you can buy through Amazon.

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  • Rose

    Remember when you buy incandescents – or anything else, for that matter – DO NOT BUY GE!

  • It was idiotic junk like this that made me- who voted for the bastard twice- come to loathe Bush. Honest to God, what was he thinking when he signed this in to law?

    This is an excellent example of why all laws- Fed, state, and local– should have a mandatory Sunset clause. Only renewable by a recorded, majority vote, so you can hold the SOB’s accountable for bad laws.


    @#5…absolutely correct bush was the one who signed this into law…he was being fed a bunch of crap about green BS and he bought into it…time to stock up

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  • Typical reporting…”we only got 5″ Democrat votes? But they got 10 Republican votes and we still haven’t seen any reporting of which regions were represented for that support. Why? Because both parties are using us.

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  • Lightwave

    This needs to be a major issue going into 2012. DEMOCRAT TRAITORS VOTE TO SEND JOBS TO CHINA needs to be the headline until the American people rise up.

  • burt

    First it was a quick trip to Canada for a toilet. Now a trip for light bulbs.

  • Ladue Pundit

    I have a closet of incandescent bulbs.. it’s important to get the 3-way type because most of those exceed the 100 watt limit. Those will be the first to go.

  • Just curious… if GE is making the new ones in China and going to charge higher prices for them, is this not good business for them? Bad for us, the consumer, but good for them.
    Didn’t they get some really good tax breaks for this?? No capital gains tax?? I don’t know the answer.

    Who owns the light bulb companies over there? What kind of taxes will they pay?

    I don’t want to pay 50 dollars for a light bulb! I can barely buy gas to get where I am going.

  • David R

    “Vote gives jobs to China”??? Look at the photo in this story! Nearly all incandescent bulbs are made in China too. Wake up!!!
    We need a solution to energy usage to be sure. And maybe CFLs are a stop-gap measure. They require less energy to produce the same amount of light as a higher wattage Incandescent Light at a cooler temperature; which goes toward lowering cooling costs in summer. There is the question of Mercury but we’ve been using large tube fluorescents for many years and never gave the mercury in them much thought before.
    Maybe the answer is in LED tech but will we find a poisonous Genie in that bottle too?
    If you’re really concerned about the lack of manufacturing in the US, this is not the issue to chase. Right now, as stated before, China makes our lighting, no matter which technology is used. The thing that needs to change, the thing that no one seems to have the guts to go after is the Chinese manipulation of their currency and falsely low labor costs.

  • MaryofAz

    When your government determines what light bulbs you can use you know you are screwed.

  • Bob

    Government is controlling our lives to be sure. But to focus on light bulbs, toilets, smoker’s “rights” and things like that is missing the point. The government also passed a so-called “marriage broker” law that gives them far more discretion and power over you’re freedom to marry someone if he/she comes from outside the U.S. (ALSO SIGNED BY BUSH in 2005!). The government shouldn’t have power over your choice of a marriage partner any more than they should over your light bulb or toilet; but the freedom to choose a life companion is far more fundamental to human happiness than your preference in light bulbs. We need to understand that it is government tyranny over us — more than our petty grievances about light bulb preferences — that needs to GO! If they can control small stuff then they can also control the big stuff. When that happens it may be too late to stop them!

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  • Bruce R

    How about some “activists” go into the House of Representatives and break about a dozen of these “better” bulbs right there on the floor! There is enough Mercury in those bulbs to cause an evacuation of the House for the rest of the day. Maybe then these idiots that voted against the repeal will get the message!

  • Valerie

    Aside from the awful color of the light, and the short life span, those curly bulbs have mercury in them, and the instructions for disposal are onerous. Congress is busy throwing money at companies that are not producing quality goods.

  • Valerie

    #45 July 13, 2011 at 9:12 am
    David R commented:

    Actually, I agree with you about LEDs, and if they develop the way I think they will, I’ll be glad to buy them. But, I don’t need an act of Congress to tell me when a better product is available. And I sure don’t need those idiots throwing money at the wrong companies. Congress needs to get out of the business of investing in the wrong companies.

  • Matriarchal Grandmother

    A dark day in United States history. The dimming of common sense in Washington.

  • JimmyT

    This ALL falls on the back of the repubs. Barton had no intention of repealing this law. He sponsored the original bill. It was one of the big concerns people had when his name was mentioned to head the energy committee. He brought the repeal bill up under house rules that requires 2/3’s majority because he KNEW it wouldn’t pass. Boner (Boehner) knew it too. P.S. @Jack10–Yes, Bush signed the energy bill the original bill was ATTACHED to because he had no line item veto. He expressed his disapproval about this mandate by the DEMOCRATIC congress. Get YOUR facts straight, moron.

  • Stewie Favre

    for the impotent lefties here who think George Bush “passed this bill”. Presidents don’t pass bills. the Congress in 2007 put this legislation on the Presidents desk. they passed it. i am sure it was coupled with some other compromise, but let’s be clear…the liberal Congress created this crap.

  • Huh?

    I honestly don’t even understand the controversy here. Incandescent lightbulbs are energy wasters, and archaic technology. The new bulbs are more expensive but more than pay for themselves over time in electricity and longevity. It’s not a 1 year comparison- its a 5, 10 year comparison.

    This is just another case of “if Obama wants it, I don’t!!”

    Grow up.

  • Molon Labe

    Huh: (#55)

    Admit it you were the foreman on the Casy Anthony jury weren’t you?

  • Ranger1A

    I started buying the Energy Efficient ‘TOXIC’ bulbs the same year they pushed for Recycling-with a Fee and 1 recycle point 15 miles away, to turn in old Paint and Oil.
    I throw them into the Recycle bin, hard enough to crack the glass, and since most of the City workers are Dems, let them get sick.

  • cammye

    Oh my the world will be a better place now ….Those darn 100 watt light bulbs!

  • peterdub

    There’s an amazing amount of Deception used to defend the Regulations:

    First, it is a Ban:

    A ban on all known incandescents
    -INCLUDING, before 2020, on all those New “supposedly allowed” Incandescents.

    See the 2007 Energy Act, Second Phase:
    45 lumen per watt minimum specification, which no incandescent can meet,
    and which the profit-seeking CFL-pushing manufacturers behind the ban
    would be unlikely to pursue anyway.

    The EIA (see press releases) also confirm that any lamp on the market
    “will have to be as efficient as CFLs” by such time.

    MORE: The basic intent of replacing incandescent technology is also
    made clear in section 321 of the Act:
    “The Secretary of Energy shall report to Congress on the time frame
    for commercialization of lighting to REPLACE incandescent AND halogen
    incandescent lamp technology”
    (Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007/Title III/Subtitle B/Section 321)
    Note: It says “replace” not “improve”!

    More on the ACTUAL regulations

  • peterdub

    The supposed ENERGY savings are also not there

    Only c2% grid electricity savings, see the DOE etc data
    – and even the savings were there,
    there are much better and more relevant energy savings in Electricity
    Generation and Grid Distribution as well as Consumption, as described
    on the website.

    …and Consumers as a whole will hardly save MONEY
    – regardless of what the energy savings are.

    That is not just in having to pay more for the light bulbs as an
    initial cost
    (or being forced to pay for them, via taxpayer CFL programs)

    – but also because electricity companies are being taxpayer subsidised
    or allowed to raise Bill rates to compensate for any reduced
    electricity use, as already seen both federally and in California,
    Ohio etc, and before them in the UK and other European countries

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  • Molon Labe

    To Molon Labe:

    Admit it, you were for it when George W Bush supported it.

  • judy miller

    what is wrong with our safe light bulbs we have now ,I love my plain light bulbs!why are they doing this?..we will die from these bulbs if they break!we need those jobs here! duh!

  • silentcal_rox

    common sense 1 …………left wing nutcases 0. kudos to the conservatives!! now let’s work on the low flush toilet!!!

  • Tim

    Incandescent lamps are safe. There already are more than a few choices for consumers on the market that are 30% more efficient and meet the new requirements. They are from companies such as GE and Phillips. I’m sure there will be more in the coming years. Cost is still a concern, but the new incandescents can be purchased for as little as $1.50 per bulb. That’s 3x as much as the lamps Edison designed in 1879, but it’s not worth raising a big stink over. Plus, they’ll actually cost the consumer less when considering energy savings.