Myron Ebdell, Director the Freedom Action Project at the Competitive Enterprise Institute just sent this email out:
The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Fred Upton (R-Michigan), has agreed to support a bill to repeal the ban outright. And the plan is to have a vote on a new version of the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (H. R. 91) in July. . .
After the House passes the bill, we will then need to turn our efforts to the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats. A Senate companion to Rep. Joe Barton’s House bill, H. R. 91, was introduced earlier this year by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming).
The ban on 100 watt standard incandescent bulbs, which Congress passed in 2007, is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2012, so we must convince both the House and the Senate to repeal the ban this year. And then we must convince President Obama to sign it. The President wants to get re-elected, so I think he will sign a bill this year if Congress sends it to him.
I’ve not yet seen a public announcement from Congressman Upton confirming this vote. Color me skeptical until I see that.
Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition. His new e-book, I, Light Bulb: A Death Row Testimonial, will be published in July, 2011. His new book, Covenant of Liberty, will be published by Broadside Books in spring, 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy .