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Rep. Joe Barton says that acronyms are part of the language in D.C. The Texas Republican was the chief sponsor of the BULB Act, which seeks to repeal certain light bulb efficiency standards.

Miller noted that simple acronyms can make dense legislation more accessible to the general population, which might not have time between work, school and family to read about complex-sounding legislation.

Acronyms “certainly make it easier for people to understand what [legislation] is about,” Miller said, adding that even in small-town America, she runs across people who are familiar with the BULB Act.

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