Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) on Wednesday filed an amendment to the Energy and Water spending bill that would prohibit the Energy Department from requiring traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient.
The amendment does not include language prohibiting states from adopting their own standards. That language was included in a bill doing away with the light bulb standards from fellow Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton that failed on the House floor Tuesday.
Burgess has not been promised a vote on his amendment yet, though Barton and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton are fine with it, and most spending bill amendments have been allowed under an open rule. In fact, Burgess said Republican staff on the energy panel approached him about possibly offering a spending bill amendment.