Today, Congressman Poe (TX-02) cosponsored and voted for the Better Use of Light Bulb Act offered by Congressman Joe Barton (TX-06). This bill would repeal the de-facto ban on the incandescent light bulb that was included in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

The de-facto ban on the incandescent light bulb is not a bright idea for America, said Poe. The federal government does not have the constitutional authority to force people to buy anythingfrom healthcare to a box of doughnuts to a light bulb. Many American families are struggling to put food on the table, they should not be forced to purchase the expensive government mandated light bulb just to have light in their homes.

This incandescent light bulb ban also resulted in the loss of American jobs. All of the people who manufactured the incandescent light bulbs in America lost their jobs and now those jobs have been shipped off to China and Mexico. At a time when unemployment has climbed to 9.2%, it is foolish to impose any regulation that destroys American jobs.