Senate Dress Code Change Draws GOP Barbs Toward Fetterman
Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) strolled through the Capitol on Tuesday in the comfort of casual shorts, sneakers, and a baggy, button-up short-sleeve shirt. This attire has become a point of focus following a relaxation of the Senate’s rules on member’s dress code. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced the change over the weekend.
Strict Dress Code vs. Relaxed Attire
Under the previous dress code, senators were required to adhere to a formal dress code, while staff and visitors were also expected to dress professionally. However, the new rules introduced by Schumer allow for a more casual approach, reflecting a shift towards freedom and choice. Fetterman, who was seen wearing shorts and a casual shirt, supports the change and likens it to Burger King’s “You Rule” concept.
Republican Opposition and Criticisms
Despite the dress code change, many Republican senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, continue to advocate for maintaining a formal dress code. Critics, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and conservative commentator Monica Crowley, have expressed their disapproval of the new rules, with Greene calling it “disgraceful” and Crowley referring to Fetterman as “a revolting slob.” Sen. Bill Hagerty accused Democrats of trying to undermine the respect historically associated with the Senate.
Response and Calls for Reversal
Fetterman denies being the driving force behind the dress code change, stating that he was not involved in the decision-making process. However, Sen. Mitt Romney criticizes Schumer’s “terrible choice” and calls for a reversal of the new rules. The debate surrounding the dress code change continues, with questions raised about the appropriateness of casual attire in professional settings.