US Lawmakers Seek to Permit Religious Head Coverings in Congress
For almost 200 years, the House of Representatives – part of the United States Congress – has barred lawmakers from wearing hats. But this year, voters in Minnesota elected Ilhan Omar to represent them in the House.
Omar, who was born in Somalia and is Muslim, wears a scarf that covers her head.
In answer, some political leaders are calling for a change to the rules so that lawmakers can wear religious headwear during official meetings. The proposed change would enable Omar to wear a headscarf on the House floor. It would also permit lawmakers to wear other kinds of religious headwear, such as kippahs. But it is unclear whether any current lawmaker would do so.
The reason for the ban on hats is mostly related to ideas about respectful behavior. Currently, the rule appears alongside bans on smoking or using small computers, such as iPhones, while lawmakers are meeting publicly.
But Democratic Party lawmakers have suggested a proposal to permit religious headwear. Nancy Pelosi and Jim McGovern were two of the writers of the proposal. They noted to NBC News that this year, voters had elected the most diverse Congress in history. McGovern added the amended headwear rule would permit lawmakers to do their jobs, regardless of their religious beliefs.
The Washington Post newspaper notes that the headwear proposal also denounces some of the anti-Muslim language heard in several election campaigns. The Post added, "It is also notable coming at a time when several U.S. allies in Europe are adopting countrywide bans on face veils."
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1.calling for 呼吁；要求
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2.face veils 面纱
A recent row over face veils exposed unease at what many see as growing separation within Britain.
3.official meetings 正式会议
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4.related to 与...有关
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5.McGovern added the amended headwear rule would permit lawmakers to do their jobs, regardless of their religious beliefs.
regardless of 不管；不顾
Regardless of whether he is right or wrong, we have to abide by his decisions.
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6.The Post added, "It is also notable coming at a time when several U.S. allies in Europe are adopting countrywide bans on face veils."
at a time 一次，每次
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近200年来，作为美国国会一部分，众议院一直禁止议员戴帽子（头巾） 。但是今年，明尼苏达州选民选出了伊尔汗·奥马尔（Ilhan Omar）作为他们在众议院的代表 。
作为回应，一些政治领导人呼吁修改这项规定，以便议员们在正式会议期间佩戴宗教头饰 。这项拟议的提案允许奥马尔在众议院议事厅戴上头巾，它还允许议员佩戴其它宗教的头饰，如犹太小圆帽（kippahs），目前尚不清楚现任议员是否会照做 。
禁止戴帽子主要是为了表现尊重 。目前，与该规定一起同时出台的还包括禁止议员在公开会议期间吸烟和使用iPhone等小型电脑 。
但是，民主党议员提出允许宗教头饰的提案，南希·佩洛西（Nancy Pelosi）和吉姆·麦格文（Jim McGovern）是这项提案的作者 。他们在NBC新闻指出，今年选民选出了有史以来最多元化的国会 。麦格文补充说，修改后的头饰规定将允许议员们无论宗教信仰如何皆可正常履职 。
《华盛顿邮报》指出，这份关于头饰的提案还谴责了在几次竞选活动中听到的一些反穆斯林的声音 。该报指出：“这项提案的出台正值美国的一些欧洲盟友开始全面禁止面纱，这值得引起我们的注意 。”