Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has eliminated the Senate dress code that requires lawmakers to dress professionally while on the Hill.
From The New York Post:
Schumer (D-NY) quietly directed the Senate’s sergeant at arms to stop enforcing the dress code that mandates male senators wear a jacket and tie and female senators a dress or other businesswear on the floor, Axios reported Sunday.
The change in policy comes after Fetterman (D-Pa.) was bashed by conservatives for wearing a hoodie, gym shorts and sneakers to the chamber. Many called his casual fashion choices disrespectful.
“John Fetterman’s attire in the Senate perfectly summarizes Democrats lack of respect for Americans and our institutions,” tweeted conservative comedian Tim Young.
The 6-foot-8-inch Democrat often eschewed a suit and tie in favor of the informal duds after he returned to Washington following a six-week stint at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was treated for clinical depression.
“He’s setting a new dress code,” Sen. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) joked to the Associated Press in May. “He was struggling. And now he’s a joyful person to be around.”
Fetterman, who infamously hates suits, previously got around the dress code by voting from the doorway of the Democratic cloakroom or the side entrance to the Senate floor, rather than the floor itself.
But Schumer’s new directive shows that times are changing.
“Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor,” he told Axios in a statement. “I will continue to wear a suit.”
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