Blackburn: 'Now They're Coming After Our Ceiling Fans,' 'Nothing Is Safe'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 10, 2013 | 2:49 PM EDT

House Republicans secured an amendment in the Energy Department's appropriations bill that blocks funding for implementation of 101 pages of new regulations for ceiling fan manufacturers that would make fans more costly and less attractive.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) secured the provision in H.R. 2609 because the new regulations sought by the Department of Energy (DOE) would unduly burden manufacturers with higher costs, drive up consumer prices, make fans less decorative - and prompt consumers to turn to cooling systems that are less energy efficient.

"First they came for our health care, then they took away our light bulbs and raided our nation's most iconic guitar company - now they are coming after our ceiling fans," Rep. Blackburn said.

"Nothing is safe from the Obama administration's excessive regulatory tentacles," she added.

Ceiling fans are energy saving appliances, which can save up to 14% on energy used to cool a home and can save homeowners as much as 40 percent on their air conditioning bills by creating a breeze that makes the room temperature feel eight degrees cooler, according to Blackburn's office.

Read ceiling_fan_amendment.pdf

Editor's Add-On: A new American Action Forum study shows the Obama administration's 2013 regulations could cost more than $130 billion.