Murray, Booker, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Designating January as Muslim-American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 8 of their Senate colleagues, along with U.S. Representative André Carson (D-IN-07), in introducing a resolution recognizing January as Muslim-American Heritage Month and celebrating the achievements of Muslims living in the United States. The resolution highlights the incredible contributions Muslim Americans have made across multiple sectors of society—from medical professionals to entrepreneurs, to faith leaders, athletes, and public servants—to help build a better nation. 

The resolution further notes the religious discrimination experienced by Muslim Americans, saying: “nearly 50 percent of Muslim Americans have reported experiencing religious discrimination, with that number rising to 64 percent for Muslim Americans whose appearance identifies them as Muslim, such as women who wear the hijab or headscarf.”

The resolution stresses the “need for public education, awareness, and policies that are culturally competent when describing, discussing, or addressing the impacts of being Muslim American in all aspects of the society of the United States.”

The resolution is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Fetterman (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Peter Welch (D-VT). 

The full text of the resolution can be found here