On July 12, House Democrats offered several amendments to FY2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill (H.R. 2354) seeking to restore funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, but Republicans easily defeated each amendment. The bill will cut funding for the Department of Energy, the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation, and the Army Corps of Engineers by $1 billion. This bill is $5.9 billion below the president's budget request, and $2.8 billion below the enacted level for fiscal year 2010. The House bill would reduce funding to $1.3 billion for DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which is $491 million below current spending and $1.9 billion below the president's budget request. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet acted on its version of the FY2012 energy and water development bill. And, in light bulb news, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) secured passage of his amendment that would bar the federal government from using any money to enforce light bulb efficiency standards, after Rep. Joe Bartonʼs stand alone light bulb legislation failed.