WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- A U.S. House vote Wednesday blocked enforcement of light bulb standards aimed at promoting the use of bulbs that are more energy efficient but also pricier.
Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, inserted the language pertaining to the light bulbs in the energy and water spending bill. His addition prohibits using any Department of Energy funds to implement the standards, The Hill reported.
"If the new energy-efficient light bulbs save money, and if they're better for the environment, we should trust our constituents to make the choice on their own move toward these bulbs. Let the market decide," Burgess said.
Although the government was authorized to implement bulb standards under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, Congress has delayed imposition of the standards for several years, the Washington publication said.
The measure's supporters said it does not outlaw any particular bulb, but rather requires bulbs to become more energy efficient. Incandescent bulbs are available that meet the standards and the law does not require the purchase of specific alternatives, such as compact fluorescent bulbs, Democrats said.
Burgess' amendment was passed in a voice vote with no House member calling for a recorded vote.