The Senate has a new twist on the congressional light bulb battle.
Rather than follow House Republican efforts to repeal energy efficiency standards, language in the Senate’s “Minibus” appropriations bill would keep federal agencies in the dark unless they green their buildings.
The rider states that none of the funds in the bill “may be used to purchase a light bulb for an office building unless the light bulb has, to the extent practicable, an Energy Star or Federal Energy Management Program designation.”
That stands in contrast to House efforts to repeal a requirement in the 2007 energy law requiring light bulbs to be 30 percent more efficient, which would result in them being more expensive for consumers up front.
The minibus bill bundles three fiscal 2012 appropriations bills that would fund the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.
Watchdog group OMB Watch created a breakdown of the reports.
This article first appeared on POLITICO Pro at 5:19 p.m. on October 31, 2011.
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