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Previously: Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): what’s the number of working bulbs in that chandelier? (July 11, 2011)

Thank goodness, the bill failed – we’re running out of light bulb puns for our headlines:


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     QUESTION:  On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass

     BILL TITLE: Better Use of Light Bulbs Act

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Graves (MO)




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The entire republican delegation from Missouri covered themselves in glory on this one – striking a blow for Luddites everywhere.

From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D):

Today’s GOP Waste of Energy – Voting to Roll Back Bill Which Would Save American Consumers $12.5 Billion

It’s been 189 days since the GOP took control of the House and rather than working on legislation which will foster job creation and strengthen our economy, Republicans are taking American families another step backward and voting on a bill rolling back bipartisan energy standards which will save consumers $12.5 billion when fully implemented.

That’s right – House Republicans, standing still on jobs bills, are up-in-arms over a provision encouraging the production of more energy efficient light bulbs which was written by Republicans, signed into law by a Republican president, and is supported by both light bulb manufacturers and American consumers.


….EISA, with Rep. Upton’s efficiency measure, passed the House in 2007 by a bipartisan vote of 319-100, with support from 49.7 percent of Republicans who voted and 98 percent of Democratic votes. President George W. Bush signed it into law…

This is but the latest example of House Republican leaders promoting a right-wing, dirty energy agenda that harms families and businesses rather than investing in innovation, new products, and jobs-even if they came up with the idea in the first place….


….The bill failed to pass on the House floor under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority….

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Oh, the republicans will try this again. They want to go down in history as the “dim bulb” Congress.