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The White House slammed an energy bill that the House of Representatives passed Tuesday night, calling it a waste of time.

The administration accused House Democrats of lacing the bill with "poison pills" that demonstrate a "lack of seriousness about expanding access to the vast domestic energy resources" off U.S. coasts.

President Bush and Democrats have been tangling for months over drilling offshore in an area known as the outer continental shelf, which had been placed off-limits both by Congress and executive order for decades. Bush lifted the executive order this summer as oil prices shot up and gas prices reached record levels at the pump. Read full article »

CNN's Elaine Quijano, Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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