Days after relaxing its unofficial dress code, the Senate yesterday passed a resolution requiring business attire when senators are on the floor of the chamber. Whew, thank God!
The change follows a recent decision by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat of New York, to stop enforcing the unofficial requirement and allow members to wear casual attire on the Senate floor. But Schumer noted he would continue to wear a suit.
The decision prompted swift backlash, especially toward Democratic Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, who typically wears a hoodie and gym shorts to work. On Wednesday, the Senate adopted the formal dress code by unanimous consent, requiring a coat, tie and slacks, or long pants for men. It does not include any specific requirements for women.
“Though we’ve never had a formal dress code, the events over the past week have made us all feel as though formalizing [a dress code] is the right path forward. I deeply appreciate Sen. Fetterman working with me to come to an agreement that we all find acceptable,” Schumer said Wednesday.
Here was John Fetterman’s comment:
Whew, glad that’s settled! It’s not like there’s anything more important to worry about!