Michele Bachmann (R-MN-06) three year crusade for the Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act has reached a critical phase … in the dark and quietly, the Republican-controlled House has found a way to move this legislation to the US Senate.
When Joe Barton’s (R-TX-06) legislation did not receive sufficient votes for passage, it appeared that this Freedom Choice would languish forever in the House … but Michael Burgesss (R-TX-26) came to rescue potential Presidentress Bachmann’s Choice.
It makes you wonder if Michael Burgess, a physician who was part of Ms. Bachmann’s health care town hall in Lake Elmo August, 2009 and in Rochester in February, 2010, may be angling for a Bachmann Cabinet spot … HHS would seem to be a natural slot so he can turnoff healthcare reform just like he turned off energy efficient light bulbs.
One thing that can be said about the GOP is that rhetoric trumps facts and promises are made to be broken.
Case in point, John Boehner (R-OH-08) promoted Pillars of a New Majority as the “bible” of how the House would operate … in April it was noted that the pillars were crumbling.
So, how did the Republicans approve light bulb legislation within days after it failed to pass it … simple … attach it as an amendment to another piece of legislation that was currently being debated … thus no need for committee action … no need for Congressional Budget review … and do it when no one is there.
Here’s the run down :
Latest Title: Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012, and for other purposes.
H.AMDT.678 Amendment (A075) offered by Mr. Burgess.
An amendment numbered 70 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce section 430.32(x) of title 10, Code of Federal Regulations or to implement or enforce the standards established by the tables contained in section 325(i)(1)(B) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act with respect to BPAR incandescent reflector lamps, BR incandescent reflector lamps, and ER incandescent reflector lamps.
DEBATE – Pursuant to an order of the House of July 14, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Burgess amendment No. 70.
POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Burgess amendment No. 70, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Burgess demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
Vacating Proceedings – By unanimous consent, at 10:31 a.m., the request for a recorded on the Burgess amendment numbered 70 was vacated and the Chair put the question de novo. Subsequently, the amendment passed by voice vote.
H.AMDT.678 On agreeing to the Burgess amendment (A075) Agreed to by voice vote.
Mr. Burgess was quick to issue a press release touting his success … never mentioning that how it was done … slipped into an appropriations bill when Republicans controlled the gavel to “hear” Republican voices … the debate took seven minutes and consisted of Mr. Burgess in favor and one Representative speaking against … and no recorded roll call vote.
Shameful … the Pillars are dust.
While 193 Representatives are on record opposing this change, we do know is that Republicans will mangle facts (See Politifact review) at a time when manufacturing of lightbulbs is returning to America (Read about new manufacturing in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina), just to promote Ms. Bachmann’s agenda.