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First In 181 Years, US House Lifts Ban on Head Coverings on Floor

For the first time in 181 years, the new House of Representatives has passed a rule that allows head coverings or hijab to be worn for religious reasons on the House floor. The rules passed various provisions, among them several seeking to “restore diversity and inclusion.” On the day when first two female Muslim members of Congress – Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and a Minnesota lawmaker Ilhan Omar took office, the rule passed. Both women wear head covering and are Democrats. Celebrating the change, Ilhan Omar wrote on Twitter, “Congress voted to lift a 181 year ban on headwear to make the #116thCongress more inclusive for all. I thank my colleagues for welcoming me, and I look forward to the day we lift the Muslim ban separating families all over the U.S. from their loved ones.” Since 1837, the ban on head coverings has been in position. (Harleen Sandhu)

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