H.R. 2417, sponsored by Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), would repeal a provision in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that contains efficiency standards for incandescent light bulbs set to begin in 2012. Beyond the federal repeal, the bill also would prevent state or local governments from passing any similar legislation. The leadership scheduled the bill to be considered on the House floor on Monday. The debate would operate under a suspension of the rules, and would limit debate to 40 minutes, prohibit amendments, and require a two-thirds vote for passage. Rep. Barton and the bill’s proponents argue that the energy-efficiency standards contained in the Energy Independence Act would lead to a de facto ban on incandescent light bulbs and is one of the more egregious example excessive government interference. On July 8, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report arguing that the new standards would save a household an average of $85 per year on electricity bills and prevent the need for about 30 new power plants via reduced energy usage. The Appliance Standards Awareness Project and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy conducted the study.