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

The House adopted the second part of a rules package Friday proposed by Democrats that shapes the way the Ho...

Posted: Jan 4, 2019 6:13 PM
Updated: Jan 4, 2019 6:13 PM

The House adopted the second part of a rules package Friday proposed by Democrats that shapes the way the House will conduct business over the next two years.

The legislation creates a select committee to "improve and modernize" Congress and was passed with overwhelming support, 418-12.

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The vast majority of the rules package was adopted on Thursday but in a largely party-line vote, with only three Republicans joining Democrats to pass it. That's because the package backs Democratic priorities, such as defending Obamacare in court and creating a select committee on climate change.

Here are a few of the provisions in the overall rules package:

  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Allows Congress to suspend the debt limit by passing a budget -- also known as the Gephardt Rule.
  • 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).
  • Bans members of Congress and employees from sitting on corporate boards.

This story has been updated with additional developments from Friday.

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