Light Bulb Industry Angered by GOP Delay of Tougher Light Bulb Efficiency Standards (?)

By: Monday December 19, 2011 3:33 pm

As part of the omnibus spending bill, the federal government will delay enforcement of new regulations for increased energy efficiency in light bulbs. Republicans claim that this delay, achieved through blocking Energy Department funding for enforcement through Fiscal Year 2012, will “save” the incandescent light bulb, but in reality incandescent bulbs were never banned. And light bulb manufacturers put a lot of money and effort into meeting the standard, so they oppose the delay altogether.

 

Spending Deal Set, Two-Month Payroll Tax and UI Extension Floated

By: Friday December 16, 2011 6:50 am

Lawmakers agreed last night to a $1 trillion omnibus spending package, which will fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, until September 30, 2012. The agreement eliminates some but not all of the policy riders that Republicans coveted in the deal.

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