(CNN)The House adopted a rules package Thursday night proposed by Democrats that shapes the way it will conduct business over the next two years.
- Authorizes the House general counsel to intervene in the lawsuit threatening to take down the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
- Allows Congress to suspend the debt limit by passing a budget — also known as the Gephardt Rule.
- Creates a select committee on climate change.
- Bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Allows people to wear religious headgear in the House chamber.
- Requires a pay-as-you-go provision, designed to make it harder for legislation to pass if it raises the budget deficit or reduces the surplus (the rule can be waived).
- Requires the text of a bill to be public for 72 hours before the House votes on it.
- Makes slight changes to the names of the Oversight and Education committees.
- Bans members of Congress and employees from sitting on corporate boards.
- Requires support from a majority of Democrats for a motion to vacate the speaker, rather than just one lawmaker.
- Expedites consideration of measures with broad bipartisan support.
- Creates a bipartisan select committee to “modernize and improve Congress.”
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