The House failed (233-193) to give the needed two-thirds support to pass HR 2417, a measure that would have repealed NEMA-backed energy efficiency standards for light bulbs passed into law in 2007. The vote would have voided standards that require incandescent light bulbs to be 28 to 30 percent more efficient.
At the same time, the House approved by voice vote an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations bill that would prohibit the Department of Energy from using fiscal year 2012 funding (October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012) on the enforcement of the lamp standards. The bill now moves to the Senate. NEMA is continuing to advocate in support of national efficiency standards agreed to by Congress four years ago.
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