The first two Muslim women who were elected to Congress will soon come to Capitol Hill. And with them, it…
The first two Muslim women who were elected to Congress will soon come to Capitol Hill. And with them, it could end a 181-year ban on headgear on the floor of the house.
The House Democrats demand that the House change its rules on headgear to allow members to wear religious garb, such as hijabs, worn by some Muslim women and kippahs, traditionally worn by Jewish men.
Ilhan Omar in Minnesota, wearing headgear and Rashida Tlaib in Michigan, are the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress. Omar tweeted this weekend that she would deal with the ban when she swore in January.
“No one puts a scarf on my head but I. It’s my choice ̵
1; a protected by the first amendment,” wrote Omar on Twitter, adding: “And this is not the last ban I’m going to work to lift. ”
A proposal for “New Congress, New Rules” proposed by House Democrats specifically mentions this change and says It will “clarify in the rules that religious headgear are allowed to be worn in the Chamber” to “secure religious expression”. The proposal says Omar will work to implement the change with the Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who turns to become the next speaker in the House.
The proposals of the House Democrats also require adding an Independent Diversity Office to promote a workforce “that reflects our members and the districts they represent” and to add a specific ban on HBT discrimination.
Parliament adopted a rule in 1837 saying that none of the members could wear a hat on the floor during a session. The rule was later amended to substantially prohibit all headers and provided that “Each member shall remain uncovered during the session of the House.”
The forthcoming class of congressmen will also include the first two Indian congress women, Massachusetts’s first black congressman and 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York,.
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