A rule that has been in existence since 1837 in the U.S. House of Representatives technically bans the "really harmless but apparently indecorous practice" of hat-wearing indoors. While this particular rule hasn't been enforced when it comes to religious headgear, with Democrats in control of the House come January 3, a change to that rule could be coming.
As reported by NBC News, the recent elections have given the first two Muslim women seats in the House from next year in the form of Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar and Michigan Rep.-elect Rashida Tlaib. While Tlaib does not wear a headscarf, Omar does, and her success in the election has brought the hat-wearing rule to the fore.
Once the Democrats take control of the House, they have every intention of adding an exemption for religious headgear to the rule, making sure that everyone in the House is explicitly free to express their religion should they choose to do so.
"Democrats know that our strength lies in our diversity, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a statement.
"After voters elected the most diverse Congress in history, clarifying the antiquated rule banning headwear will further show the remarkable progress we have made as a nation."