Press Release

Blackburn Secures Provision to Save Our Ceiling Fans & Protect American Jobs in FY15 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

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Washington, July 10, 2014 | Mike Reynard (202-225-1112) | comments
Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today continued her fight against burdensome regulations being imposed on American ceiling fan manufacturers by working with Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) to secure a provision in the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that would prevent any funds from being used by the Department of Energy (DOE) to finalize, implement, or enforce the proposed “Standards Ceiling Fans and Ceiling Fan Light Kits” rule.

“I applaud Congressman Dent and Chairman Simpson for their work in adopting this provision that will help protect our homes and ceiling fans from the Obama Administration’s regulatory overreach,” Blackburn said. “New regulations being considered by DOE will diminish the ability of ceiling fan manufacturers, such as Hunter Fans in Memphis, to produce reasonably priced, highly decorative fans for homes. This provision will protect manufacturers and consumers from these invasive regulations that extend into the homes of American families, raise costs for consumers, and kill the ability of our manufacturers to grow and create jobs.”

Blackburn, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, offered a similar amendment, which passed the House last year, but was later stripped out in conference.

During debate on the FY15 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, Congressman Blackburn also offered her 1-percent across-the-board spending cut amendment that would have saved taxpayers an additional $341 million.

“I have been a strong supporter of cutting spending throughout my career in Congress and in the Tennessee State Senate. And I will continue fighting to rein in spending,” said Blackburn. “Across the board cuts have worked well at the State level and there is no reason to not utilize them here in Washington. We’re over $17 trillion in debt.At some point Washington must start to live within its means the way Americans throughout this country are expected to do.As stewards of the taxpayer dollar we have an even higher duty to make good decisions as to how we spend their money.”


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