Senate Shakeup: Dress Code Ditched For Senators, But Not For Visitors – Guess Who's Leading The Fashion Rebellion?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 18 September 2023 16:20
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The U.S. Senate has made a significant change by deciding to no longer enforce a dress code for its members.

While senators themselves will have the freedom to dress as they please, others entering the chamber will still be required to adhere to the dress code.

As Fox News senior congressional correspondent Chad Pergram tweeted, this means men must wear coats and ties, while women must dress in business attire.

According to news website Axios, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer quietly sent the directive to the Senate's sergeant at arms. This move allows Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania to continue wearing his trademark hooded sweatshirts and gym shorts while working for the American people.

Fetterman gained attention and praise for his unique fashion choices, which were seen as a refreshing departure from the traditional attire in the Senate. An AP story from May highlighted Fetterman's recovery after a six-week stay at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he received treatment for clinical depression and was fitted for hearing aids to address his hearing loss.


To bypass the dress code rules, Fetterman found a clever workaround by voting from the doorway of the Democrat cloakroom or the side entrance, ensuring his vote was recorded before leaving. Senator Peter Welch of Vermont jokingly remarked to AP in May that Fetterman was "setting a new dress code" and that he had transformed from a struggling individual to a joyful person.


Despite facing some backlash, including from his own staff who initially requested that he wear suits, Fetterman has remained committed to his casual dress code. In contrast, Schumer stated that he will continue to wear a suit on the Senate floor.

The updated rule, which will go into effect this week, reflects a shift towards a more relaxed approach to attire in the Senate. This change allows senators to express their individuality while still maintaining the decorum of the chamber.