One of the first Muslim women in Congress has co-authored a proposal to clarify a 181-year-old rule to allow lawmakers to wear religious headwear in the House chamber.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, incoming House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., and newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., proposed the rule as part of a draft package the Democrats will pursue once they gain control of the lower chamber in January.
The current House rules, implemented in 1837, state that “every member shall remain uncovered during the sessions of the House.” Omar and incoming Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., will be the first two Muslim women in Congress. “No one puts a scarf on my head but me,” Omar tweeted. “It’s my choice—one protected by the First Amendment.”
Other proposals in the Democratic package include plans to create a diversity office and to “ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity” among others. —Onize Ohikere