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!!

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  • TexasFred

    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?

  • Poor Richard

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

  • Opaobie

    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.

  • Poor Richard

    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.

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  • 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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  • S. Wolf

    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?