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 PortmanOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open Reddit hires first lobbyists Senate panel approves bill compelling researchers to ‘hack’ DHS MORE (R-Ohio) and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenHomeland Security searching some social media doesn't violate privacy The feds shouldn't blackball Kaspersky without public evidence Week ahead: Crunch time for defense bill’s cyber reforms | Equifax under scrutiny 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.