House Democrats took to Twitter after a late vote on Tuesday evening to make clear they didn't think voting on light bulbs was a bright idea in the midst of rising unemployment and intense budget debates on the deficit and debt ceiling.
The House failed to pass a bill, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, on Tuesday afternoon that would have repealed light bulb efficiency standards that are set to begin in 2012. The provisions, which were included in a 2007 energy law, will require incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more efficient.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted, "House has finished voting for the day. 'Jobs bill?', you ask. No, we voted on light bulbs."
"Phew! Saved energy efficient light bulbs from GOP attack. Now, can we please focus on creating jobs?" Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) tweeted.
"Hope was when GOP was on ladder trying 2 change US's lightbulbs, they saw the light on debt ceiling, ending #BigOil tax breaks," tweeted Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
And 140 characters weren't enough for Rep. Jackie Speier's (D-Calif.) puns on the BULB Act. She lit up her Twitter feed with four responses to the bill and retweeted multiple followers' comments.
"Republicans are obsessed with light bulbs, but when it comes to jobs, they’re out of bright ideas," she tweeted in her first response.
"The BULB Act shines a light on how out of touch Republicans are," she added.