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Democrats to make exceptions for Muslims serving in Congress

For nearly 200 years, headgear has been prohibited within the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol. The Democrats — who will be in the majority in January — have proposed to allow religious headwear — hijab. The change was presented by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is the likely Speaker of the House of the incoming Congress, Incoming Rules Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), and Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Born in Somalia, Omar is one of two Muslim female Democrats who were elected last week.