- The United States Congress will now allow Muslim women to wear hijab on the floor of the House to vote and give speeches
- Ilhari Omar, who has been clamouring for this, will become the first federal legislator to wear a religious headscarf when she's sworn in on Thursday, January 3
- Regular hats such as baseball caps and cowboy hats will continue to be banned in Congress
The request of one of the first female Muslim members of the United States Congress, Ilhan Omar, to be allowed to wear hijab when she is on the floor of the House to vote and give speeches, has been granted.
Daily Mail UK reports that the 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 on Tuesday, January 1.
Legit.ng gathers that Omar, who will be sworn in on Thursday, January 1, has been vocal about her desire to wear her head scarf on the floor of the House.
According to report, regular hats such as baseball caps and cowboy hats will continue to be banned. Only religious gear will be permitted in the 116th Congress.
Omar, who is a Democrat, tweeted in November after she was elected: "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."
Republicans will be handing over control of Congress to Democrats after eight years in power.
Omar, will become the first federal legislator to wear a religious headscarf when she's sworn in on Thursday, January 3.
Omar is joined by Rep-elect Rashida Tlaib of Michigan as the first two Muslim women in Congress.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Rashida Tlaib who is Palestinian-American, and Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American, were elected into Congress.
Democrats Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, won their respective races and will represent their districts in the House of Representatives. Tlaib will take over from former Rep John Conyers.
Omar will not only be among the first Muslim women elected to Congress, she is also the first Somali American to win election to national office.
Omar arrived in the United States at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia, while Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.
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