Republicans managed to include language in the 2012 omnibus spending bill that defunds the Energy Department's light bulb standards. The GOP charges those standards would see the phase-out of the incandescent build, and a required move to compact fluorescent bulbs.
Because the spending bill lasts only through the current fiscal year, Barton and other Republicans have noted that the delay only lasts through next fall, when the issue is expected to be fought over again.
"It gives us a chance to work on it some more," Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) told the Star-Telegram. "This may be a relatively modest victory but it's important to have it. At least until Sept. 30, we've got a little bit of a reprieve."