Lawmakers urge incandescent bulbs as gifts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she's stuffing stockings with a bright present this year: the kind of light bulbs that are due to be phased out next year.

The Brentwood Republican had backed a provision to cut funding for an energy efficiency law scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, effectively ending the manufacture of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs.

Congress on Saturday passed a reprieve for the bulbs, delaying until October the impact of the 2007 light bulb law signed by President George W. Bush.

Blackburn says in a statement provided to The Tennessean that she will fight "so that people can keep their light bulbs."

Conservation advocates say the energy savings can't be argued with. Opponents say it's government intrusion, too.


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