Dems want to overturn ban on hats on House floor with election of 2 Muslim congresswomen

Democrats in Congress want to change a 181-year-old rule in the U.S. House of Representatives banning hats on the House floor.

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With the election of two Muslim women, Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, to the 116th Congress, a Democratic proposal would allow lawmakers to wear religious headwear on the floor.

Omar wears a headscarf while Tlaib does not.

The current rule, implemented in 1837, says every member shall “remain uncovered” while in session on the House floor.

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Democrats and supporters say the change will promote diversity and ensure the freedom of religious expression is protected on Capitol Hill.

“We've seen increasing diversity in Congress, and I think with that increase in diversity, you have to have a change to the existing rules to reflect that,” Ibrahim Hooper, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said.

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The proposed change is included as part of a slate of rule changes Democrats are trying to implement once they assume control of the House next year.

Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.

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