GOP light bulb amendment likely to pass Friday after earlier defeat

On Thursday evening, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) proposed an amendment to the energy and water spending bill that would prohibit funds in the bill for use in enforcing the 2007 law.

"The federal government has no right to tell me or any other citizen what type of light bulb to use at home," Burgess said. "It is our right to choose."

Burgess said he got a letter from a constituent after Tuesday's vote that said he needs 100-watt incandescent bulbs. Burgess and other Republicans say the standards effectively ban those bulbs.

Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) reiterated Democratic arguments that the 2007 law was approved by many Republicans and signed into law by then-President George W. Bush. Nonetheless, the simple majority needed to approve Burgess's amendment on Friday means it is highly likely to be accepted.

The House on Thursday evening actually appeared to approve Burgess's language by voice vote; only a request for a recorded vote from Burgess himself prevented voice-vote approval.