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Congress passed a spending bill that will, among other things, defund the enforcement of the EISA light bulb standards for the 2012 fiscal year. While this means that the DOE will have no funding to enforce the standards until October 2012, the standards themselves remain in place. Efficiency standards will remain in place with a January 1, 2012 effective date (effective date refers to date of manufacture, not sales. Retailers can still “sell through” their inventories beyond January 1st).