First Muslim woman in Congress WILL be allowed to wear the hijab when she takes her seat as Democrats move to end ban on head coverings

Wednesday, January 2, 2019
By Paul Martin

Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, one of the first female Muslim members of Congress, will be allowed to wear her hijab on the House floor when she takes office Thursday
Democrats are proposing to change the rule banning religious head coverings
Under their House rules, regular hats – such as baseball caps and cowboy hats – will continue to be banned, while religious gear will be permitted
The new rules package will be voted on in the House on Thursday
Omar has pushed to wear her head covering in Congress
‘No one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice—one protected by the first amendment,’ she tweeted
Hats of any kind were banned from the House floor in 1837
Omar wears a hijab as part of her Muslim religion

By EMILY GOODIN
DAILYMAIL.COM
2 January 2019

One of the first female Muslim members of Congress will take her seat wearing the hijab on Thursday after Democrats change the rule banning religious head coverings on the House floor.

When Democrats take power on Thursday, one of their first orders of business will be to pass a package of rules to govern the House. That package changes the ban on head coverings to exclude ‘non-religious headdress.’

That means Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar will be allowed to don her hijab when she’s on the House floor to vote and give speeches.

While regular hats – such as baseball caps and cowboy hats – will continue to be banned, religious gear will be permitted in the 116th Congress.

Omar has been vocal about her desire to wear her head scarf when she is sworn into office on Thursday.

‘No one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice—one protected by the first amendment. And this is not the last ban I’m going to work to lift,’ she tweeted in November after she was elected.

The current rules allow Omar to wear her hijab inside the U.S. Capitol building but not the floor of the House, where members give speeches and vote on legislation.

The Democrats’ new package of rules changes that.

The party in power proposes the rules that govern the House of Representatives.

Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Incoming House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern backed Omar in her request and included it in the rules package they released late Tuesday night.

Pelosi has not taken power yet but is already making her weight felt around the Capitol building.

She has named a number of Democrats to non-partisan positions the party in power controls in the House: Cheryl Johnson is the new Clerk of the House, the position that controls legislation, and Douglas Letter will be the new General Counsel, whose office handles sexual harassment issues.

More changes are expected to come as Republicans hand over control after eight years in power.

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