A week after democrats announced a proposal to end the ban on hijab in the US congress floor, Ilhan Omar said she would support the move.
Rabat – Omar, a Muslim woman of Somali descent who was elected at Minnesota’s fifth congressional district on November 6, announced her support for the move on her social media accounts.
“No one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice—one protected by the first amendment,” Omar wrote on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Omar added that “this is not the last ban she will work to lift.”
The muslim congresswoman wears hijab, which runs contrary to the House of Representatives rules. Under the current 181-year-old-rule, a House member must be “uncovered” in order to address the floor, and cannot even enter the House “with his head covered.”
Omar co-authored the proposal to lift the ban on head coverings along with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jim McGovern.
Omar will be the first woman to wear the hijab inside the House of Representatives. The Minnesota Representative will be along with the Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress.
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) 17 novembre 2018