09/12/2013 12:24 pm ET

Tom Coburn Wants Federal Employees To Turn Off The Lights Before Leaving The Office


The Senate is scheduled Thursday to debate an energy efficiency bill that includes measures to improve building codes and promote more energy efficiency in the federal government.

While some Republicans are seeking an amendment to the bill that would force a debate on delaying the implementation of health care reform, some less controversial amendments include this one from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

Coburn's proposed amendment (via Politico) would amend the bill by changing a line that calls for "providing information to employees of the Federal agency on the importance of turning off the lights" at the end of the day to "requiring employees" to turn off the lights before they go home.

The bipartisan bill is from Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

Check out the amendment below:

Coburn Amendment


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