WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Joe Barton released the following statement after voting against the 1,500 page, trillion dollar spending bill - H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014:
“Plain and simple, this bill increases spending. We can’t keep cutting deals that ultimately add to the nation’s debt, while promising that we will make cuts sometime in the future.
“It also breaks the promise of transparency that we made to the American public. This 1,582 page bill was rushed through the process and quite possibly contains undiscovered pork projects.
“It is time to get serious about our spending problem. I will continue to push for fiscal sanity and make sure Washington is responsible with your money.”
“Even though I voted against it, one positive aspect of the passage of H.R. 3547 is that people will still be allowed to choose the light bulbs they want to illuminate their homes – at least for now.
“It basically delays the ban on the traditional incandescent light bulb. This means Americans (especially low and middle income people) can continue to switch on an affordable and reliable product, instead of turning to one that costs 5 times more and may not live up to manufacturers’ promises.
“I have been involved in the bulb battle for several years. I’m not anti-new technology or higher energy efficiency; I just think people should be able to decide on their own. This was a blatant case of government interference and over-regulation. Allowing people freedom of choice on something as basic as a light bulb is a no brainer.”
“Ultimately, I would like to permanently repeal the prohibition so we can provide certainty to the market and stop using the light bulb as a pawn to get votes for bloated spending bills.”