House passes controversial energy bills

The bill, originally proposed by the Democrats, passed by a vote of 221-189 on Saturday and will boost funding in solar power, fuel cells, cellulosic ethanol and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

While House Democrats claimed that the bill would go a long way in helping the United States shed its “addiction to oil,” Republicans argued that it would raise gasoline prices and induce supply shortages as oil companies reacted to the drop in funding.

Earlier on Saturday the chamber also passed a