Congress Strikes Deal On New Light Bulb Rules

Republicans in Congress are flipping the dimmer switch on a law that sets new energy-savings standards for light bulbs.

They've reached a deal to delay until October enforcement of new standards that some fear will be the end of old-style, 100-watt bulbs. GOP lawmakers say they're trying to head off more government interference in people's lives.

But environmentalists and the light bulb industry say the move is not too bright.

Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican who chairs the House energy panel, said the delay shows Congress is listening to Americans who don't want the government determining how they light their homes.

But Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat who leads the Senate energy panel, said the move only confuses industry and the public.


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