Senate is reportedly ditching the informal dress code enforcement

A Senate official told Axios that the rule will go into effect this week and it only applies to senators.

Published: September 17, 2023 5:37pm

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has reportedly told the Senate's Sergeant at Arms that the chamber's informal dress code for its members no longer needs to be enforced. 

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

A Senate official told the outlet that the rule will go into effect this week and it only applies to senators. Staff members are still required to follow the old dress code. 

Under the old dress code, men and women have been required to wear business attire on the Senate floor. However, senators who were either coming from a gym or from the airport could circumvent the dress code by voting from a specific part of the Senate floor, with one foot in the cloakroom.

This new rule will allow Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. John Fetterman, who typically wears gym shorts and hoodies, to go on the Senate floor before and after votes without wearing business attire. 

It is unclear whether or not the Senate dress code is a written policy, but media reports say that it's an informal custom that's enforced by the Sergeant at Arms.

Charlotte Hazard is a reporter at Just the News. Follow her on Twitter

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