13 Jul '11, 3pm

If you haven't heard: House members put the kibosh on the bill that would have repealed lightbulb efficiency standards.

Whether they decided they had more important things to worry about than saving the inefficient lightbulb, or whether they were scared of enraging the ghost of Thomas Edison , House members put the kibosh on a bill that would have repealed lightbulb efficiency standards. A majority of House members (including five Democrats) actually supported repeal, but sponsor Rep. Joe Barton was trying to get it passed under expedited rules, which require a two-thirds majority and no amendments. Hastiness, and lack of committee process, seems to have harmed the bill's support. Barton had said he was confident that he could get at least 40 Democrats to vote for his bill, but he got only five. Instead, one of the Republican cosponsors, Rep. Rob Bishop, jumped ship and voted "present" (essentially an abstention). Bishop withdrew support because he said the bill would trump states' rights t...

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