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Schumer Gives Thumbs-Up to End of Senate Dress Code

The Senate’s unofficial dress code has been quietly repealed by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), giving senators permission to wear whatever they want on the floor, multiple sources said. News outlets reported on Monday.

Senate sergeant-at-arms reportedly told to no longer enforce unwritten dress code for members of Congress, Axios report.

The move comes after several state legislatures have recently drawn racist criticism from opponents who argue that dress codes are “oppressive” and that unconventional clothing can be an effective “expression of resistance.” This comes after the country’s dress code was reconsidered after being criticized for being sexist.

One of the beneficiaries, the paper said, is Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pennsylvania), who prefers gym uniforms and a hoodie to the formal business attire traditionally required on the floor. They will be able to remain on the Senate floor before and after a vote on the new bill. code.

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The change only applies to senators, and staff members must continue to follow the old dress code.

As Axios points out, the traditionally egalitarian U.S. House of Representatives has already made changes in the past few years, including changes in 2017 following criticism and protests that women were still forced to wear in the House. is attempting to relax some of its clothing requirements.

As Breitbart News reported, female lawmakers’ opposition to the long-standing ban on sleeveless tops and open-toed shoes in the House of Representatives prompted demands for change.

The Hill too Confirmed new movement.

“Senators get to choose what they wear on the Senate floor. I will continue to wear a suit,” Schumer said in a statement shared with the magazine.

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pennsylvania) gestures to cameras gathered outside the Capitol as he returns to the Senate after completing treatment for clinical depression, Monday, April 17, 2023. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images)

The Senate’s dress code, best described by aides as “unofficial,” has been strictly followed over the past two decades, with some exceptions.

NBC News reports, “Because this standard is not a formal or written policy, senators occasionally appear on the Senate floor wearing gym clothes, golf wear, denim vests, shoes without socks, colorful wigs, etc.” They are seen wearing unconventional clothing.”

Follow Simon Kent on Twitter: or by email: skent@breitbart.com

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