Rep. Blackburn Touts Death Panel, Light Bulb Victories in House-Passed Omnibus

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 15, 2014 | 5:30 PM EST

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) cited cuts to Obamacare's "death panels" and the government's ability to limit Americans' light bulb choices as "small step" victories in the House Omnibus Appropriations Bill that passed the House today.

The bill "would protect the rights of American families who want to keep their incandescent light bulbs," Rep. Blackburn explained in her comments on the bill's passage:

"It includes language I have been pushing for years that would finally protect the rights of American families who want to keep their incandescent light bulbs by blocking funding for the implementation or enforcement of the egregious federal light bulb efficiency standards. Other EPA reductions are also included as are reductions to IRS funding."

As a result, people would be able to keep their light bulbs, stores could continue to sell them, and any manufacturer who wished to do so could continue to produce them.

What's more, the bill would reduce funding for both Obamacare's "death panels" and "HHS slush fund," she said:

"When it comes to Obamacare, Republicans continue to work to put the brakes on this disastrous law by freezing funding at the post-sequester level, reducing funding for the death panels by $10 million, and slashing the HHS slush fund by $1 billion."

More broadly, Rep. Blackburn says the bill would enable more spending cuts down the road:

"With passage of this document, we can begin the regular order process of the House Budget Committee taking the lead to find more actual spending cuts in the federal budget.

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