The U.S. House of Representatives on June 4 committed more than $20 billion over the next five years to help states build and renovate schools to make them more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

Democrats said the "21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act" would save school districts billions of dollars in energy costs, while reducing asthma and other environmentally linked health problems. The White House threatened a veto, however, saying it's wrong for the federal government to launch a costly new school building program.

The legislation passed 250-164 and now must be considered by the Senate.

The measure approves $6.4 billion for


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