The first two years of the Trump White House administration will be marked for its economic progress. With low unemployment, record GDP growth and a climbing stock market, it was clear that a Republican majority in both House and Congress was concerned with the economy first and foremost.
Now that the Democrats have retaken control of the House, it will be interesting to see which groundbreaking policies they shall enact to the benefit of all Americans.
Among the items highly important and offering change for American families the Democrats appear to be interested in the tax returns of the President, the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion and …. the allowing of religious headgear in US congress.
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Yes, you’ve heard that right. In order to keep her desired place as speaker of the House, it would seem that Ms Nancy Pelosi has had to make some serious trade-offs to the newly elected progressive members of Congress.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">No one puts a scarf on my head but me. It’s my choice—one protected by the first amendment.<br><br>And this is not the last ban I’m going to work to lift. <a href="https://t.co/7U3ZLTaWur">https://t.co/7U3ZLTaWur</a></p>— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) <a href="https://twitter.com/IlhanMN/status/1063831710025035779?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 17, 2018</a></blockquote>
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As such, Minnesota Democrat representative Ms Ilhan Omar, for whom the regulation will be banned, is set to change a 181-year-old rule that does not allow religious headwear. That ban was enacted in 1837 by members of the US Congress who wanted to rebel against the British and their tradition of wearing hats in the British Parliament.
However, Ms Ilhan Omar one of two Muslim women elected this year and she’s the first to wear a hijab. She does not plan to take it off when entering Congress next year and according to a Democratic source, the rules will indeed be clarified to allow religious headwear (as well as coverings for medical reasons, an addition made in order to sell it to the general public).
Earlier this week, Ms Omar said: “there are those kinds of policies that oftentimes get created because people who have blind spots are in positions of influence and positions of power. I think it will be really exciting to see the stuff that we notice within the rules that don’t work for a modern-day America.”
For Ms Omar’s part, she’s in disbelief she even made it to the Capitol. She joins Rashida Tlaib of Michigan as the first Muslim women. She’s also the first Somali-American and first former refugee.
Ms Omar told the Washington Post this week that she gets tearful as she speaks of joining icons like Pelosi, the first female House speaker, and Representative John Lewis, the civil rights champion: “I ran into Congressman John Lewis and I burst into tears and I said to him, ‘Sir, I read about you in middle school and you are here in the flesh and I get to be your colleague,’ ”
“I remember my dad telling me about us having the first woman speaker and I’m here serving with her as my colleague. And so there are moments every single minute that I’ve been here where I almost want to pinch myself to awaken to the reality of how privileged and honored I feel to be in a place where we are making history.”
When the initiative of the wearing of hijabs in Congress was first mentioned in the mainstream media, Ms Omar confirmed that she would be pushing for the ban to be lifted and said: “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.”
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