House passes rules package that allows religious headgear, creates climate change panel

(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. The House will have two more votes Thursday night, both aimed at reopening shuttered parts of the government. Among the provisions in the rules package, it: 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, …