The House sent long-stalled legislation to the president's desk on Tuesday to improve energy efficiency in buildings.

Passed by voice vote, the bill would require the General Services Administration and Department of Energy (DOE) to create a voluntary energy efficiency standard for commercial buildings. 

Additionally, it would exempt certain water heaters from new DOE energy efficiency requirements.

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Lawmakers said the measure would help conserve energy and consumers' money.

"This legislation finds that spot - energy efficiency - where we can join in embracing the enormous benefit of creating ways where homeowners and business  owners of commercial buildings can figure out how to cut down on their bills," said Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.). 

The measure, authored by Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP leader: Congress may settle for pared-down immigration deal Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA Key senator floats new compromise for immigration talks MORE (R-Ohio) and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenSenators call for probe into US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics after abuse scandal Trump officials take heat for declining Russia sanctions Schumer to Trump administration: Who met with Putin's spy chief? MORE (D-N.H.), was bogged down in the Senate for more than a year by tensions over unrelated issues. It almost made it to the Senate floor last year for a vote, but Republicans filibustered the bill after then-Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) refused to allow votes on amendments that would, among other things, approve the Keystone XL pipeline and eliminate the health care employer contributions received by lawmakers and their staff under ObamaCare.

Senators finally approved the legislation by voice vote last month after a marathon vote-a-rama on the GOP budget resolution that concluded in the early morning hours.