The House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act tonight by a final vote of 219 to 212.

Eight Republicans voted in favor of the bill, with 44 Democrats voting against it.

The legislation--including the controversial cap and trade policy--faced fierce opposition from Republicans, who said it would cost American jobs.

Democrats, including the White House, promoted the bill as a means to combatting global warming, achieving energy independence and creating "green jobs."