A spending bill will block the federal government from phasing out 100-watt incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient bulbs. The ban was to go into effect on Jan. 1.
The bill would fund the government by Sept. 30 of next year, but would not get rid of the incandescent bulb.
“There are just some issues that just grab the public’s attention. This is one of them,” Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican from Oregon, told Politco. “It’s going to be dealt with in this legislation once and for all.”
Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas said the GOP “strongly support” keeping language in the bill stating that incandescent bulbs stay for a little while longer, according to the political news website.
However, Democratic Sen. Bingaman from New Mexico decried the GOP-led move to keep the bulbs around longer, stating that “blocking funds to enforce minimum standards works against our nation getting the full benefits of energy efficiency,” according to Bloomberg News.