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Ken Buck’s Amendment Returns Choice to Consumers

May 26, 2016
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676


Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Ken Buck introduced an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 5055). The amendment would prohibit paternalistic Department of Energy regulations that mandate energy efficiency standards for everyday products. These mandates drive up prices for products like dishwashers and ceiling fan lighting kits, eliminating consumer choice and draining pocketbooks. This amendment would return decision-making to the consumer, trusting market demand to drive efficiency improvements.

“This amendment stops the administration from imposing their radical green energy agenda on the backs of American families,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “Let’s end these mandates and return choice to consumers.”

The amendment passed last night by voice vote, however the underlying bill failed to receive enough votes for passage on the floor today. Congressman Buck will continue to fight against mandates that increase costs and limit consumer choice.

Rep. Ken Buck (CO-04) is the Freshman Class President. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  He serves on the OGR Subcommittees on Government Operations and the Interior and is a member of the Judiciary Subcommittees on Immigration and Border Security and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

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