Senate Ditching Dress Code Enforcement

September 19, 2023

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, recently told the chamber's sergeant at arms that the chamber's dress code for its members is no longer going to be enforced.

"Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit," Schumer said.

John Fetterman, the Democrat senator from Pennsylvania, is ecstatic right now.

A Senate official claimed that the rule (or lack thereof) was going into effect this week and that it only applies to lawmakers.

Under the old dress code, senators were required to wear business attire on the chamber floor.

Legislators have been able to get around this rule in the past when they were arriving from the airport or the gym by "voting from a specific part of the Senate floor, with one foot in the cloakroom."

Fetterman, who usually wears shorts and a hoodie, will now actually be allowed on the Senate floor in his unorthodox garb.

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