The U.S. House of Representatives on May 14 passed a multiyear school construction bill with the ambitious goals of producing hundreds of thousands of jobs, reducing energy consumption, and creating healthier, cleaner environments for the nation's school children.

Opponents, almost all Republicans, objected to the cost associated with the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act. The cost would be $6.4 billion in the first year, with similar outlays approved over the next five years.

It passed 275-155 and now goes to the Senate, which did not act after the House passed similar legislation last year.

The situation has changed this year.


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