House Republicans failed to dim new light bulb standards that they feel give the government too much control in people's lives.
GOP lawmakers wanted to overturn a 2007 act that requires the use of energy-efficient light bulbs. But the move failed in a 233-193 vote, Tuesday.
In addition to saying that Americans shouldn't have to buy the more expensive newer-model light bulbs, Republicans argued that the bulb issue was just another intrusion of "big government."
The Obama administration and environmentalists have defended the requirement, saying the new bulbs will save Americans billions in energy costs.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who was behind Tuesday's vote, said the legislation "is about more than just energy consumption. It is about personal freedom."
Barton said consumers should have the option of paying 30 or 40 cents for an old-fashioned incandescent bulb rather than $6 for a CFL or more for an LED.
"If you are Al Gore and want to spend $10 for a light bulb, more power to you," he said. "But let people make their own choices."
In response, some Democrats pointed to the new energy-efficient incandescent bulbs made in the United States that cost around $1.50.
"Yes, this costs a few dimes more. But let me tell you, you start saving dimes the moment you screw these into the socket," said Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J.
The Obama administration opposed the Republican bill in a statement Monday, saying it would repeal standards that are driving U.S. innovation, creating new manufacturing jobs, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The White House claims the bulbs will save American households nearly $6 billion in 2015 alone.