Congressman’s annual lightbulb-freedom bill passes House anew

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) reintroduced legislation on Friday that would prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce energy standards for incandescent lightbulbs.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Burgess had presented the measure, with it having passed the House each time in the past. This time was no different, as it passed by a vote of 232-189 and was included in the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Energy Appropriations Bill.

“I think the American people are trustworthy enough to choose which lightbulbs to use in their own homes,” Burgess said. “The lightbulb mandate is a perfect example of just how far our Constitution’s commerce clause has strayed from its original purpose.”

Burgess’ legislation has been included in the annual appropriations bill every time it’s been introduced, and it has been signed by President Obama each year since its first inclusion in 2012. The measure was spawned in response to language originally included in the 2007 Energy Independence Security Act, which attempted to erode consumer choice regarding which type of lightbulbs consumers may purchase for their homes and businesses.

“The adoption of this common-sense amendment is critical, so that the federal government doesn’t continue dictating which household products to use,” Burgess said.