After a 181-year ban, House Democrats aim to allow religious headwear on the floor
Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women newly-elected to Congress, is helping spearhead an effort to allow religious headwear, such as hijabs or kippahs, on the House floor.
The proposal would reverse a 181-year ban on headwear of any type in the House.
Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, said on Twitter that wearing a religious headscarf is her First Amendment right.
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. https://t.co/7U3ZLTaWur
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 17, 2018