House Votes to Block Light-Bulb Efficiency Bill

The U.S. House voted Friday to block a federal standard that would push many less-efficient light bulbs off the market starting in 2012.

The measure, attached to a broader bill on energy spending, could prevent the Energy Department from implementing the efficiency standards during the budget year that begins in October. It will now be part of final negotiations between House and Senate lawmakers charged with negotiating a final energy spending bill. It faces resistance in the Democrat-controlled Senate, and the White House, which supports the efficiency standards, opposes the measure.

Ryan Tracy – Wall Street Journal