updated 5/21/2009 9:08:53 PM ET 2009-05-22T01:08:53

A far-reaching bill that would impose the first nationwide limits on greenhouse gases has been approved by a House committee despite strong Republican opposition.

Democrats on a 33-25 vote Thursday pushed the legislation through the Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill calls for cutting gases linked to global warming by 80 percent over the next 40 years. The emissions limits target power plants, factories, refineries and other industrial plants.

Republicans failed repeatedly in their attempts to kill or weaken the measure. They argued that the emissions cuts would cause higher energy prices and job losses. The bill's supporters said costs to consumers could be contained and that new clean-energy jobs would be created.

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