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An amendment to secure $20 million of additional funding for a program to assist the private sector in creating high-impact, energy-saving technologies passed the House of Representatives on Thursday with a 216-206 vote.

Co-written by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), the funding would go toward the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.

Started in 2009, the agency has since garnered appropriations to fund 362 private-sector projects.

“While other programs focus on funding technologies that can be deployed soon, ARPA-E focuses on the high-risk, high-reward technologies that have the capacity to completely remake our society and economy,” Schiff said in a statement.

The added money brings the agency funding to $300 million for next year.