Dems change House rules to allow lawmakers to wear religious headwear

The newly Democratic-controlled House overhauled a 181-year-old rule that banned hats from the floor to accommodate lawmakers who wear religious headwear.

The ban was lifted in a provision included in a rules package that the House passed in a 234-197 vote on Thursday.

The rule change to overhaul the ban on head coverings, which has reportedly been in place since 1837, now reads: “During the session of the House, a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner may not wear nonreligious headdress or a hat or remain by the Clerk’s desk during the call of the roll or the counting of ballots.”

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The move also arrived the same day Congress welcomed its first two female Muslim members, Democratic Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDem leaders avert censure vote against Steve King Florida official refuses to apologize for saying Tlaib might ‘blow up’ Capitol Hill White House's Sanders: King white supremacist comments 'abhorrent' MORE (Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNew Dem Rep. Ilhan Omar writing memoir: report Ocasio-Cortez sparks debate with talk of 70 percent marginal rate 116th Congress breaks records for women, minority lawmakers MORE (Minn.).

The argument to lift the ban was proposed by Rep. Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter On The Money: Shutdown Day 26 | Pelosi calls on Trump to delay State of the Union | Cites 'security concerns' | DHS chief says they can handle security | Waters lays out agenda | Senate rejects effort to block Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (D-Calif.) last month and later by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) to accommodate Omar, who is the first member of Congress to wear a religious headscarf.

Omar, who also co-authored the proposal, took to Twitter to celebrate the news on Friday. 

“Yesterday, Congress voted to lift a 181 year ban on headwear to make the #116thCongress more inclusive for all,” Omar said.

“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,” she continued.