Republicans were unable to pass a law that would have allowed consumers to continue purchasing old-style incandescent light bulbs.
In 2007, a law was passed that imposed energy efficiency standards that will force the older light bulbs out of the market starting in 2012, reports The Washington Times. Consumers will now be forced to buy from a variety of more expensive bulbs.
Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas) said that the legislation is taking away choices from consumers.
“Whatever happened to government with consent of the governed?” he told the newspaper. “They should not be constrained to all of the romance of a Soviet stairwell when they go home in the evening.”
Republicans had said that they would try to repeal the measure but were unable to come up with the two-thirds majority they required under the expedited rules of debate.
The New York Times reports that General Electric is designing a light-emitting diode (LED) light bulb that will cost between $20 and $50 each, which will be among the products consumers will have to choose from in the near future.